Since we have been confined indoors due to his illness, looking out the window has become a regular activity for us. Last week, as we were watching the garbage truck collect trash, we saw one of the garbage collectors take a leak by the roadside facing the woods. My son exclaimed: “Mommy, look! The guy is peeing in the woods.” Since he is still on potty training, I calmly replied: “It’s ok for guys to do that. When you have to go, you gotta go.” After that incident, I thought he forgot all about it. A few days later, as we were driving through town, we saw a similar garbage truck along the way. My son excitedly exclaimed: “Look mommy! A garbage truck….the garbage man…he will pee soon.”
Yesterday after lunch, I went upstairs with my son for his afternoon nap. But when we got into his room, he vehemently refused to go to bed and told me that he would like to play legos with me. I told him: “You have to sleep, and you have to sleep by yourself because mommy needs to clean up our mess downstairs.” He grudgingly exclaimed: “No, mama. I don’t sleep. You don’t clean. The cat in the hat will clean up our mess.”
Being the active child that he is, seeing my son sit still for a few minutes is an unusual sight. One day, he was quiet and doing just that —sitting still. I asked him what he was doing, and his curt reply was: “I’m relaxing, mama. ” Lesson learned: Perhaps I should too.
Since we had a lot of snow today, I told him that if he finishes his food, we can go sledding. He then replied: “No, mama. No sledding. I sick.” And he is indeed. Best lesson of all: Never make promises that are impossible to keep.