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Best of Buddies (for 20 minutes anyway)

 The hubby had a meeting tonight. He came home for a quick dinner at 5, but was gone by 5:30. Which left me staring at 2 hours with the just me and the kids after a long day of….you guessed it, just me and the kids. Suddenly, I felt the four walls closing in on me and a trip to the park seemed like a fabulous idea.

Here is my take on the park. When your kids are old enough to climb and play without you standing over them, the park is great. When they are too little for that, it just seems like a lot of work. And the swings. Clearly a tool of Satan. How long can a mom stand there pushing. I have told my kids they were broken before just to avoid the constant, “Can you push me?” “Ok, I’m done.” “Can you push me?” game without end. Amen.

Today thankfully the kids were anti-swing. I think God knew it had been a long day. Hannah was quite content to go down the same slide 500 times in a row. The climb to the top was a bit scary at times, but Hannah seems to think she has it mastered. Lily was being a sport about playing with her 2 year old sister, but I could tell that was probably going to get old quickly.

Enter in adorable red headed 4 year old girl. Not sure where her parents were, but no matter- Lily had a playmate. They immediately began pretending that all the slides were roller coasters. Within minutes they were holding hands and running around giggling at inside jokes. I was trying to listen in on this new found friendship, but was too busy preventing Hannah from careening off the side of the playground equipment.

This is one of my favorite things about 4 year old girls (and maybe boys, but my experience there is limited). Whenever we are at a public play area, they seem to find each other and immediately enter into some elaborate make believe land and play like they have known each other all their lives. I have seen it at the library, the mall, the park, the pool, wherever 2 or more 4 years old are gathered- there will be pretending and probably princesses will be involved. Or maybe Dora.

Sadly, something went awry and she went running off crying. I think there was an injury, but I am 90% sure my child didn’t cause it. I tried to find out what had happened, but she was on a mission, I am assuming to find her parents. Lily was sad that her PBFF (Park Best Friend Forever©) had disappeared. I was just a tiny bit glad, cause I needed to head home and was thinking things might get ugly if I tried to separate the two of them.

So PBFF, whever you are (hopefully with your parents, seriously not trying to judge, but where were you people?) I hope that you are OK. And I owe you a debt of gratitude for making my solo park outing a little more manageable. If only you could have stuck around to entertain Lily during bathtime so she wouldn’t have been so enthralled with “helping” me bathe her sister.

Comments

  1. My Bubbalu has NO FEAR (like the t-shirts mid 90’s ) and climbs to the top of the slide by himself. Then he manages to turn himself around on the slide to slide down on his tummy, feet first.

    Yep, he’s only 16 months old. Cripes! What’s gonna happen when he’s 2 !

  2. amen to the swing comments. hubby and I were trying to think of anything to do besides go in the backyard where the swings were. We lost the battle. I still feel like my arms are pushing and it’s 11 pm

  3. I agree about the swings that is why I try and teach the kids to pump at an early age…is one to young? Just kidding but they better know how by age 4 in my house :)

  4. chanelireli says:

    isn’t it amazing how little girls can go up to any other little girl and act as if they’ve known them forever. When do you think we lose that?

  5. Yes, my daughter has about 4,000 girlfriends and best friends! I don’t know what to do with such a friendly child!

  6. I’m pretty sure I would have said in a syrupy-sweet voice, “And where is your mommy and daddy?!?” I was at the mall one time where they had a play area. I counted about 15 different kids/instances within 5-10 minutes where a child could have been nabbed so easy! I know that this isn’t the point of your post, but for goodness’ sake, people!!!

    My daughter is really shy. She’s only 2, but she loves to talk to anyone that is a “baby” meaning her age or younger and to BOYS that are older (4-7 years probably), but to anyone else, she is shy, shy, shy! I don’t think that I have to worry about stranger danger with her right now unless that little baby Herman from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” comes around.

  7. Don’t you just love those playground friends. My youngest can make PBFF with anyone. My older child, not so much. Such is life! I do hope that adorable red head found her way home.

  8. I just taught my kid to get on his tummy and swing. He thinks he has discovered sliced bread or something, he will do that forever and the best part is, “I do it momma.” Mr. Independent…that’s all right with me!

  9. I have a 2 yr old and a 4 yr old -and I definately deserve a monument in my honor (or a drink) after an hou chaing the two of them at the park. Love your blog!

  10. yep, it is pretty universal! happens around here too!

  11. The swings get better around 5. Clare can now pump and get herself up on most any swing….so I will be free to sit on a park bench all summer chatting away without being bugged. :) The other thing I did was make her “Super Girl” swing on her tummy last summer when she wasn’t ready to go solo yet. So long as I stuck to my guns, she went along with it. I too love the instant friends…it makes my job so much easier!

  12. really? my son LOVES the swings, and since it keeps him happy I could do it forever. But he’s only 9 months. give it another year or two and I’ll likely be sick of it too!

  13. SAHMmy Says says:

    Two at the park is so hard! I seriously don’t know how people with lots of kiddos don’t lose their blessed minds when they go to the park. You have to watch for weirdos, make sure the kids stay on the playground, don’t fall off the playset, don’t push other people’s kids off the playset….forget it–we’ll just play in the backyard today :)

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