Finding Our Way -
learning to live life, as grieving parents of not one, but now two, of our three children.
"Grieving the loss of a child is a process, it begins the day your child passes and ends the day the parent joins them." BJKarrer
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Yesterday, Carly's school went on a field trip. It was a really cool place called Castaway Cafe. It's an inside play scape for kids and adults. Too bad Paul had to go to work. It's right up his alley!
At first, Carly was really excited. Then, as we headed off to play and climb and climb and climb some more. She froze with fear. Too many wild kids. They were everywhere. Running, jumping, climbing and screaming too. It was a total of 2 day cares and of course Carly's class of 21 kids. Wow!
We climbed to the top. Well, near the top. Carly loved walking across a bridge. She must have walked it 10 times. Back and forth. Back and forth. Then, she decided to venture off to one of the 4 slides. She chose the pink one first. Of course, she wanted me to go down it with her. We got situated and headed down the slide. Let me just say. HOLY COW! We were zippin' so fast down that slide. We got to the bottom and Carly said, "all done"! Then she trucked off to a chair to watch the craziness going on.
It was soon lunch time. Pizza to be exact. The teacher rounded all the kids up and they ate and ate and ate. Then headed back out. Well, everyone but Carly. She is the s l o w e s t eater ever! She did eat her entire piece of pizza though. That's rare for her. Some of those kids ate more pizza than my grown kids do at one setting. Like 5 and 6 pieces each. No one seemed to end up withtummy aches. I was sure there would be a few. Finally, we headed back out to play. Carly was much happier with a full belly - of one piece of pizza!
By the time we got back to playing. The 2 daycare centers had packed up and left for the day. Carly was much more at ease playing. We, played and played. Took a break and went back at it again. When it came time to leave, guess who didn't want to go?!? Yep, Carly. (I, on the other hand was EXHAUSTED from all the climbing) She kept telling me, "No" and "More, more, more." I told her we'd come back another day and bring daddy. Of course she said, "sissy & bubba". (Ashleigh and Brad), to that I said, we'll see. Although, I'm not sure they'd enjoy it at their age!
I wish she could have enjoyed it from the get go, but she knows her limitations. Her balance is quickly tested whenever rambunctious kids get to close to her. Carly is very much aware of her poor balance. Don't get me wrong, she can climb, run, jump....and so on. However, she knows if a kid accidentally bumps her, she will likely lose her balance and fall down. So, she steers clear of major romping of other kids.
Just before we had to load the bus, we headed back up the play scape. This time Carly wanted to go down a different slide. Well. Let me just say. HOLY, HOLY, HOLY COW! That one was faster than the first one we went down. Of course, she had to make me go down with her. Good thing. That slide tossed us both around! She would have freaked by herself.
All in all, it turned out to be a great time. Exhausting for me, but fun to see her having a good time.