1. You re-discover the joy of walking in long, adult-sized strides without having a pint-sized person’s pace slowing you down every step of the way. And you can actually stop and look at whatever you want to! Clothes! Interesting people! Books! You even get to look at yourself in the occasional mirror and realise to your horror that you forgot completely to comb your hair before you left home.
2. You can walk past toy-stores or shelves filled with colourful trinkets or candy without dread striking your heart and without having to engage in a passionate, 15 minute argument with a three year old as to the merits of the fluorescent pink toy camel she really, really wants. Of course, you end up hovering around the store indecisively anyway, torn between wanting to pick up a little something for the kid, and not wanting to add any more to the already enormous pile of junk in your home…
3. You can walk down the street without having to stop to point out and discuss in depth the double-decker buses, cute pets, pretty flowers, and irregularly shaped reflections and shadows you pass along the way. Unfortunately, you find yourself noticing them anyway and longing to point them out to someone.
4. You can unthinkingly jab lift buttons without having to worry about a little person having a meltdown and yelling, “Nooooo! Meeee! I want to press!” You can also actually make the choice of whether you want to take the lift or the stairs, and do either in complete zoned out silence without having to make eye contact or conversation with another person for a change.
5. You come home and get the world’s most wonderful welcome from a little person who makes you feel like the centre of their universe. Perfect ending to the perfect outing! Though maybe you should have picked up that pink camel for her after all…
5 responses to “Five things that happen when you go out without your toddler”
You are always so right on with this commentary on life with littles—I hope you always continue writing through the various ages & stages as your humor strengthens me as a mom!
Thanks so much Ruby… glad you liked it! I hope to keep writing… please do keep reading 🙂 ‘Life with littles’ — haha love that phrase!
Very nice . True feelings of a toddlers mother , torn between the urge of getting the toy your little one wanted but reminded of the pile of toys left back at home . Well written .
Thanks so much! The thing is, they just enjoy each little new thing so much… but that pile of junk sometimes threatens to swallow the house whole! 🙂