957. When your child is off running around while you are doing a task
It always seem that toddlers and little children happen to know when the best time to strike and create their own little world of excitement. As a parent one thing to know is that you do not want to go somewhere and be publicly humiliated or embarrassed on behalf of their actions (funny how tables turn when they become tweens).
Well as I was waiting for a set of keys to be delivered tome today sat in the lobby just looking over some forms reviewing my recent meeting when I observed in the lobby of the recreation center a mother and her mother (the grandmother) filling out the registration form to sign up their children for ballet classes. The two women intently talking about the course and mom filling out the form with accuracy were so engrossed in the process. They were so engrossed they weren’t noticing what the two little girls were off doing on the side. As I sat there in awe and laughter I watched the ship slowly sink into the water.
It started off simply with the “oh we get to walk around” the girls walk at first seemingly 4 or 5 or so they are giddish with laughter and then the toddler version of “walking” turns into chase because breaking it down children must run everywhere. Walking isn’t instilled in their mental realm yet. If only we are this energetic at 35. Anyhow they start chasing each other and begin to hold onto the spiral upward ramp looking between the gap of the railing and wall to see their mother and wave giggling. Then they stand over by the column and then become fascinated by the plastic tube stand for recycled batteries. One girl tilts it toward her and starts yelling in it while the other goes back to wave to her mom.
After wards when the girl tries to reach for the batteries then goes off and in a jibberish talk goes to the end of the table and then runs away and laughs hiding behind the column with her sister. Then the other girl does the same. Then they repeat this run to the table-babble-run off process for about 2 minutes. Sitting there I laugh cause it looks so funny but the parents are sooooo intent on filling out the papers that can they not see what is going on?! Wow!
Then the best part comes just as in a bank they have the line dividers and the kid’s run between and underneath them giggling and yelping in excitement and then one girl falls in surprise. Still no parent reaction…. until this…. the receptionist comes out behind the desk and ask the mom to get ahold of the girls and asks them to be quiet since it’s making it hard for them to answer the phone and blocking the pathway for members entering the building (as they are running all over).
It was only at that moment the mom looked up mortified and then reacted to their children’s actions – passing time of childlike antics 8 minutes.
Now how awfully embarrassing is that?!