Even in the hospital....the ONE place an ill or special needs child should be free of questions, comments and open mouthed stares... Bup had people down right staring at him. One fellow, as R & I were strolling along with his friends the IV pole and wheelchair, queried in a shocked voice, "What happened to him?!"
There was a group of senior ladies who kept looking and looking and just wanted to ask but didn't...thank you! They did comment on what a nice little boy he is and B the D explained about surgery.
And today...a neighbor...I could just see it in her face as she kept LOOOOOOOKING at Bup. So, once he was around the corner, I opened the door by saying, "It looks awful, doesn't it?"
I think that will be my standard line. "It looks awful, doesn't it?" This gets the questions out of the way, and may diminish the awkward stares and silence.
What would you do?