My Magic Moment this week is a really simple one.
Yesterday I had a fairly horrible, stressful morning with family trouble (my family specialises in this). I ended up having to get S and I up, dressed, breakfasted and out of the house to catch a bus I knew left “around 9-ish.”
We rushed around like the proverbial blue-arsed flies getting ourselves ready, and rushed into town… where we arrived at the bus stop approximately two minutes after the bus had left.
The next bus wasn’t for over an hour (have to love that Sunday service), and I didn’t want to go home and let S play for a few minutes before we had to leave again, so we went to the park.
Our weekend tradition is to go to the park, but we usually go to one close to our house, where the flooring is woodchip and difficult to toddle on, and there’s really only the swings to be playing on.
The park we visited today was on the other side of town and very exciting! I thought it would be packed, since it usually is on the weekend – but it was 9am and empty. S had the whole park to herself and she loved it.
She went on the swings as usual, but then had a good old wander around the rest of the park.
There is a roundabout thing there which is designed to be used by disabled children as well, so it’s wide and flat with a safety bar around three quarters of the outside and a little bench. S is too small to get onto the bench so she held onto the safety bar while I pushed it round. I thought she’d hate it, but she was grinning away! When I stopped pushing her, she moved to the other side and I pushed her again. We must have spent about 20 minutes on that roundabout!
Next she tried one of those things that are on a giant spring in the ground. This one has high sides and a bar on the front to hold onto, so there’s not much falling off to be done. Again, I thought she’d be scared, but she loved it and stayed on for quite a while, and even went back after a quick wander around the park to check she wasn’t missing anything anywhere else!
I think we’ve found a new park to visit on the weekends!