July 26, 2013

He Threw it Out the Window, the Window

Mr. D man
is teaching me
more and more
about myself,
patience, love,
child development and delays,
service, sacrifice.
And I love him for that.
I couldn't ask for a better teacher
than this cute, sweet smiling boy.
Oh, does he stretch me to my limits!
But the rewards of being his mom,
found in small, simple moments,
strengthen my tired body and mind
(though a long nap couldn't hurt either)
and make me so glad he is here
and we are learning together.

And I learned yet another lesson today:
Keep the Windows Rolled Up.

Driving home down the highway,
D became upset
(due to a water bottle and chewing paper incident,
if it must be documented).
He proceeded to use
that "really awesome"
high pitched scream
he discovered over the weekend.
My head does not share any pleasure from this new skill.
In an attempt to calm him down,
I thought rolling down the window might distract him for a moment.
And within 2 seconds he had his shoe off and out the window.
L was very concerned about the loss of his shoe.
She likes shoes and his was a good one and easy for her to slip on.
Luckily, the shoe landed on the side of the road
and I was able to find a place to turn around
and go back to get it.
The boys and I ended up having a good laugh about the incident.
Though, I learned my lesson
about car windows, upset boys, and shoes.

However, now that I really think about it,
he stopped screaming after he threw that shoe out
so maybe there is something to say
about shoe-throwing as a calming strategy . . .