Well! The playground wins!
Fourth of July fireworks is a dad-and-kids activity/event at our house. Dad takes the kids out to see the fireworks while mom stays home.
For months, TheBoy has been talking about seeing fireworks (though I doubt he remembers seeing them when he was 2… last year we were in Vicksburg and after a long day of driving, the kids decided they’d rather swim than go to fireworks.) He repeatedly asked if we could go see them (you know, that day, as if going to fireworks was like going to chuckecheese or something), asked when we could go see them and so on. Finally, the day arrived… and he didn’t want to go. He found out that mom doesn’t go to fireworks and he was determined to not be parted from me. Until Chief told him they were going to a playground first. That did it! He loves going to the playground and wanted to go. At the last, I thought we were in for a big production from him. He kind of whined at me, “Mommy, won’t you please come, too?” I told him no, mommy is staying home and braced myself for the meltdown. It didn’t come. He simply said, “Okay. I will miss you! I love you!” and he ‘threw’ me kisses and hugs.
And he loved it! He love the playground and when the fireworks started he squealed and screamed with delight and loved every minute of it. WHEW!
I really hope this is a first step to understanding that there is fun (and safety and whatever else he needs to understand) apart from mom and that he will separate from me a bit easier now. I hope that he learned that everything was not only fine, but great with all the fun there was to be had while out with Dad and the Sisters.
oh, and p.s. …
I am NOT going to south Austin today!
Chief and TheMadHatter are going and
I get to skip out on the 3 hours of driving today!
Yippee! Thank you, Chief!!!!!