Safety First

As a Mom, I have worried about my son’s safety from the day that he was born.  And, when he was 4 years old and able to understand, I introduced him to a Police Officer in the Mall.  I told him that if he were lost or needed help that he could ask the Police Officer for help.  The Police Officer commended me for telling my son that he was here to help and teaching him safety practices.

Patting myself on the back, I continued my errands with my son.  “If you behave and let Mommy finish her errands, you can go to the Disney Store,” I told him.  He nodded agreement and smiled.  But, half way through my errands, he took off running through the Mall to find a place to hide from me, screaming “Hide and Seek!”  Laughing as he darted away from me, he practiced evasive maneuvers rivaling NFL players.

When I finally caught him, I decided to leave the Mall and go home for his safety.  Holding onto the back of his shirt, so that he could not run away again, I started walking him towards the exit.  As we passed the Disney Store, he fought my grip to escape and go into the store.  With my super Mommy powers, I kept hold of him tightly and he was not able to break free.  Suddenly, he remembered what I taught him and started yelling, “Help! Help! Police Help!  She won’t let me go into the Disney Store!”  I’m sure that Police Officer had a little chuckle watching the scene in front of the Disney Store.  When he didn’t come to my son’s rescue, my son muttered, “where’s a Police Officer when you need him,” and stamped his feet all the way to the exit.  Sulking in the back seat all the way home, I don’t think he heard me when I tried to explain that the Police are there to keep him safe.  I was not harming him by making him go home without the Disney Store.

Sticky Little Hands

My son asked me this morning, “What was the most expensive lollipop that you ever purchased?”  Thinking back to all of the amusement parks that we have visited, I can remember purchasing many over priced lollipops over the years.  However, the most expensive treat he ever had was at Edaville Railroad when he was 3 years old.  I purchased a giant lollipop that he wanted for $10, and he licked it for 15 minutes and then stuck it to my pants.  Then, he tried to clean his hands by rubbing them on my shirt, finishing his clean up by rubbing his mouth on my shirt.  When you add the $10 to the cost of my clothes, it makes that lollipop the most expensive that I ever purchased. While at times I miss that cute little boy, I do not miss the sticky little hand prints all over my clothes.

Blast from the Past!

Thank you Adam Sandler for the blast from the past in Pixels.  My husband and I were transported back to our childhoods in the 80’s.  We were right back in the video arcade playing Pac-Man, Asteroids and Donkey Kong.  Even though he did not grow up in the 80’s, our son still enjoyed the video games brought to life and music.  Everyone in my family thoroughly enjoyed the movie.  What movies have you enjoyed this summer?

Sleepless in New Hampshire

It’s morning and I can hardly keep my eyes open. My son had his first sleep over last night. With every new milestone, I get anxious for him. But, I was very pleased with how much fun they had watching a movie and playing games. Then, I was woken to giggling and whispers “Do you think they’ll have s-e-x?” There were spies in my bedroom with night vision goggles crawling up to my bed. Chasing them back to their beds, I finally got them to sleep at 2:00 AM. Despite the lack of sleep, I was very happy with how well it went. What is your experience with sleep overs?

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Cousin

As an only child, my son can be lonely at times. But, this summer he was treated to a week with his cousin visiting from North Carolina. They played non-stop. At breakfast, the smack talk began with “Oh yay, I’m going to kill you today!” Because of their epic Nerf battles, my husband and I were wearing protective gear to walk through the house. And, we set up a bunker in our bedroom. When they were out of bullets and tired from Nerf, they killed aliens in Halo. The house was filled with screams and laughter. My son had the time of his life. To make sure that we get the “Best Uncle and Aunt” titles, we made sure to treat our nephew to his first Maine lobster. Do you have an only child? How do you entertain him/her?