Yesterday was our first “play date” with my wife’s friend and her son.
So we had an outing at Chik-fi-la, which has a playground. Our little one apparently had never been to Chik-fi-la. She was a little shy at first. She ate all of her chicken, most of her fries, and about a quarter of a chocolate chip cookie. She ate more than her play date partner, who was more interested in going to the playground. Our child was not really aware yet there was such a thing waiting for her.
When we got to the playground, again there was some hesitation. However, her new found friend was eager to “help”.
“C’mon! Let’s climb up!”
It took all of two minutes for both children to be in playground heaven. I loved watching their pure joy as they climbed up, then down the slide over and over.
Then it came.
It was time to go.
First our play date partner’s turn.
“C”mon, just once more!”, mommy ordered.
“No mommy, two more!”
He got his two more, then the bad news that it was time to go, and the tears started. He was devastated, and mommy was there to console him. Our bundle of joy saw what was coming, and quickly escaped to climb some more. Daddy was going to have to be smart about this one. I waited for her to go down the slide again, and was waiting to pick her up at the bottom. This was not going to be pretty, and sure enough, the complaints came. With tears running down her face, she yelled “NO!!!!!!!” Our mistake was to not have a sippy cup of milk for the ride home, which would have eased the heartache and suffering.
We learned some things about this adventure. First, our little one needs more play dates. She needs to continue to learn to associate with others her age. We also learned that her behavior closely resembles however her play date partner is behaving. When he was ok, she was ok. When he blew up, she did too. The most interesting thing was learned was this. Here we had two children with completely different backgrounds, life experiences, family lives, but in the end – the same result.
In the end, they are kids, and will behave as such.