a few weeks ago, alex had a surprise two week break.
well...if i had actually read his school calendar, it would not have been a surprise.
and if i was german, perhaps i would have understood the excited preschool pickup chatter about all the vacations everyone had planned for the break.
but, i did not do the first and i am still woefully challenged on the second...and so, the day before the german school spring break happened, i found out about it.
no biggie, right? two weeks off with one of my kids. awesome chance for some bonding and together time.
except in reality? it did not really work out that way.
there were definitely afternoons of baking together, mornings of pyjamas and books, trips out for cupcakes and play doh and lots and lots and lots of park time.
there was also a lot of the other stuff we all forget about when you have much older kids.
the tantrums. the short attention spans. the not understanding that the universe does not actually revolve around the one little three year old i call mine.
and this is a tough age. i forgot about this. i obviously forgot about many things, but this was a biggie.
i know the testing and the establishing of boundaries is a healthy stage.
but damn...why does it always have to play out so publicly? am i the only one who has this happen to them regularly?
what do i mean?
please refer to the photo above.
i had planned a lovely morning trip to mont royal, with alex, after dropping off the big kids at school. one of the perks of living near the city now is the fact that we can take these awesome adventure mornings to do things like walk to the top of a mountain, feed the ducks at a lake and play in the most entertaining kid parks i have yet to discover.
i love doing this.
and so does he.
until i pull out my camera. all i wanted to do was take a photo.
a quiet self portrait on the grey flatness of the summit. there were very few people ( oh how that feeling soon changed!) and i thought what a great chance to do something fun. for me.
for 10 seconds.
because that is all it would take. 10 second timer dash and all.
alex was happily busy walking on the steps...
until he saw the flash of the self timer.
with me 10 feet away from the camera
with the shutter about to do it's thing
and with alex knowing that when the little lights speed up it is almost time for the click...
he stepped in front of the lens.
which, i have to admit, was brilliantly timed and funny.
the first time.
and almost the second.
but the thrird?
the novelty was wearing thin.
not to mention that he was laughing very loudly so now, a few people were turning to see what the cutie kid was doing.
to his poor, weird mother who kept running away from her camera.
so, on the fifth and final try, on my way to my spot...
i scooped him up and brought him with me, surrendering to the reality that this was going to be a shared moment. again.
which i was okay with, really. i love mommy/happy kid shots. i just did not want another out of focus shot of the back of his sneakers.
what i actually got was wholly different.
take a look at that photo again.
what you are not appreciating are the ridiculously loud screams of a 40 pound banshee - and the accompanying thrashing.
5 seconds turned into an eternity, with his echoed screams of rebellion and rejection reverberating off every bit of slate and every single head on that mountain turned to watch us. and with not one parent in the crowd ( because obviously they knew better than i that day ), i was left to look the lonely parenting fool.
it took every ounce i had not to drop the kid, which, of course, would have made things much worse.
please remind me when this stage ends? when i can expect to have a child that does not turn on a dime?
because i love him dearly. and i thrive on figuring out fun things to do widen his little universe and world of experience.
but i am beginning to understand people who disappear into their homes with a two year old and emerge with a pale five year old, just in time to wave them off on a bus for kindergarten.
of course, i kid.
i should mention that after this particular scene, after i pointed out that even the meditating man had been interrupted by the outburst, i did get a heartfelt apology.
to which i asked if he would not mind screaming that out for a change.