Now that F1-2 is growing older, and his disabilities make him stand out more from his peers than before, it sometimes is just a little weird.
Yesterday we went to a restaurant with him for the first time in about 3 years (I think, it's hard to keep track, it may even be 4 years). And he kept on wanting to cuddle up with one of the older women at another table. I think older women remind him of his loving grandmothers, which is kind of cute.
However, it's not socially acceptable to go up to a total stranger to start playing with her earlobes. A sure sign of affection coming from F1-2, but try explaining that to the woman who just had her space invaded by a squealing kid, trying to pull out her earring! My husband had to go over several times to retrieve F1-2, but as soon as he let go of his hand, F1-2 would let out a loud, happy yelp, and limp back as fast as he could. He must have thought it was some kind of game. The woman smiled politely at him, and eventually he decided he had had enough. She wasn't as much fun as he thought she would be.
But wait, what about her?? And off he went to accost some other woman sitting nearby. Again, P1 had to go after him (I had my hands full with F1-3, so my husband was in charge of running after F1-2). This woman actually high-fived him. Oh well, so much for a nice family outing. To avoid further embarrassment, we packed up and left as quickly as we could. It will probably be another 3-4 years before we try that again.
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