Laura has had plenty of playdates. She's friendly and happy to go along with her friends in all their activities. She goes to birthday parties of classmates and picks up and plays with kids in the park. All stuff many of us take for granted.
Then there's Owen. He's awesome but maybe only seen through the rose-coloured glasses of a mom. The last classmate birthday he went to was over 2 years ago. He is clueless on social skills in most settings (a classic Asperger's trait) though polite and happy to play with his own imaginary friends and games with his own rules. You might think he just doesn't need peers - not so. He is lonely and has no idea what to do about it.
Yesterday was different. Owen had a friend over from school to play. He was so excited that he couldn't stop bouncing around the room. His eyes shone when his friend arrived and he was a great sport when his buddy won at Monopoly. I was overjoyed.
I hope it is a start of more peer relationships for our wonderful guy. He needs it, and if others take the time to get to know him, quirks and all, they are in for an interesting time.