Yesterday, at around 3.35pm, we began our usual walk to the bus-stop to fetch Mr Hare. Mr Butterfly was in the buggy and Mr Owl was walking beside me.
After around five mintues of walking Mr Owl said, “Oh no! I’ve forgotten my scooter. I won’t be able to trade it for Mr Hare’s Reading books.”
“Oh well,” I said, “You can look at them once we get home.”
“But I reeeeeealllly want to look at them while we walk home.” And he stops walking.
“I know you enjoy them Honey, but it’s time to go the bus-stop to get Mr Hare and we’re too far from home to go back now.” I keep walking.
“My legs are really tired.” He begins to walk but veeeeery slowly.
“That’s a shame.” I keep walking.
“I can’t walk and my arms are pulling me down.” And he walks along with his arms nearly dragging on the ground.
“Oh dear, that makes it hard work for you.” And I keep walking.
“Mummy! I’ve fallen on the grass.”
I look behind me and keep walking. “So you have.”
“I can’t move, I’m so tired.”
I keep walking.
“I can’t get up.”
“That’s a shame.” And keep walking. Now about 15 metres away from him and turning into the alleyway which means soon I’ll be out of sight.
He gets up and trots to catch up. I stop and wait for him. When he reaches me, I give him a hug and kiss the top of his head. He looks up at me; we make yummy eye-contact and smile at each other.
We walk to the bus-stop together.
For the start of the series on Mindful Disconnection: why it’s important and how to go about it go here – Connection and Disconnection: Optimal Parenting Part One.
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