While waiting in a few different waiting rooms this morning I, of course, scanned the crowd. I looked for my emergency exits, took inventory on what everyone was wearing, and discretely focused my attention on the woman in the waiting room with her son.
So I will write this post with a delicate list of observations- these observations are innocent, harmless, non-judgmental, and strictly my view:
1. The large running stroller used to bring the child into the building.
2. Guessing, I would say child was roughly around 1 1/2 (good luck using the stroller).
3. The struggle to keep the child off the “dirty” floor. (Did I mention he was a young toddler?)
4. The perfect diaper bag equipped with that easy, one stack wipe container to keep those “dirty-werty handsies away from your wittle moufy”.
5. The fact that she was going to attempt receive an ultrasound with this young child, not using that large running stroller, and not allowed to touch the floor.
6. Her large diaper bag provided a dry-erase board to do “ABC’s” on, and instill all the proper groundwork for a genius in the making.
7. CLEARLY THE FIRST CHILD.
So after I laughed to myself regarding this child’s complete dislike of the stroller, his mother’s heartfelt attempts to pass the time with her write and repeat erase board, the child’s clear determination to get on the floor, and the full on body flailing he displayed while trying to escape his mothers arms, I thought to myself…
Wait until you have the next one- that stroller will never see the light of day again. Don’t be disappointed when you can’t even locate the diaper bag, never mind refilling that little wipe container to keep those “wittle handsies cleany and away from your moufy”. Not only will you most likely allow your children to sit on the floor, you will also allow them to play with the office toys! In the future, don’t feel like you have to take on the appointments alone with your children. There are amazing programs all over the state available to our children, so leave the dry erase boarding to the professionals.
But do know this- we have all had these moments, and we all have learned at our own pace. We also at one point struggled like you, so to you, I say “Thanks for the entertainment! It made the wait much more interesting!”