Elliot played at the park yesterday. For some reason, I couldn’t get him to smile for the camera. These were taken before a six year old boy punched Elliot in the face! For real. It wasn’t playful or an accident; it was mean. The boy was six and thought Elliot kicked him. His first reaction was to punch Elliot near his right eye. I am usually the mom who hovers over Elliot at the playground. For whatever reason, I chose to sit back and relax with a book on one of the benches throwing my head up occasionally to check on him. I knew something had happened when I heard Elliot’s crying. As I neared, all the other kids cried, “some kid just punched him”! What?! I picked up my sobbing, wailing son and couldn’t identify who this “some kid” might be. Elliot was okay. Rattled, shaken and in some pain. We sat at the bench and an older boy, perhaps ten, came over and said it was his younger brother who hit Elliot. The attacker was there when I turned around and instead of apologizing he said, ” I thought he was older”. I told him it doesn’t matter the age, you NEVER punch someone in the face. That’s when he said Elliot kicked him. I asked ET if he kicked the kid & he said no. I think I again stated, “you just can’t punch people” and said it was most likely an accident and Elliot didn’t know he kicked the boy. I thanked the older brother for coming over (I don’t know if I would’ve been that brave at ten if Tawnya or Tami punched someone). Either way, we left. I got Elliot an Italian ice from a cart and there were no more tears.