My two sons walk behind when I need a clear shot of a trail, but often they amble ahead while I stop sporadically to take photos.
I cannot count how many images I’ve taken of my older son taking my autistic son by the hand for our walks. Maybe it’s the other way around. Younger son Sean reaches for his brother, rejecting mom or dad’s hand if his brother is available.
Recent hot weather made even our chilly ocean neighborhood feel like real summer. I watched as they walked ahead on the beach, heart fully aware that they have just the summer to walk together. In the fall, big brother is moving to London for his job, staying for who knows how long.
People ask if we’ve explained that to nonverbal Sean yet. We say, “Not really,” because there is no clear way to explain such an impending absence to a severely autistic boy who is used to having his brother nearby.
There will be screen time interaction, and there will be visits, but regular walks on a trail together will be until summer ends.
Sean will have only mom or dad’s hand from fall, and that will have to be enough.
This week’s Hike Notes, Sand Ladder to Baker Beach, leads readers down the long, sandy stairway in San Francisco’s Presidio to popular Baker Beach, with dramatic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.
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Hike Notes 135: Sand Ladder to Baker Beach
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