Shoe shopping

Today we ventured to John Lewis for school shoes and I have to admit we had a really great experience. I always dread these fittings (I’ve never met a parent who didn’t dread these even a little). Today I phoned in advance and was told a lady called Judy who was (personally) experienced in Asperger’s and trained in shoe fitting would meet me. A car journey, a meltdown about the car, a dodgy lift and an alarm in the technology department later, and we arrived and were taken to a side room. She was amazing. At one point things were going so smoothly I felt guilty for taking her time up, but then the mood changed, he started bouncing off the walls and I was suddenly so grateful for this angel of a lady! She was calm, playful, kind and super friendly. Levi fell a bit in love I think. She even helped me get Elsie fitted and try on Levi’s school trousers as he was jumping up and down repeatedly whilst hitting his head in the changing room. Perhaps a step too far in one trip!? As I thanked Judy from the bottom of my heart we both shed a tear and a smile and she told me that her own son with Asperger’s had just left for uni. So grateful for this wonderful lady, even if the shoes cost us the earth!

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