This morning's preschool time benefited greatly from OpportunityThink. It's NOT that the whole time was used up by errands. No.
Instead, it's that I had the opportunity to call the pediatrician about William's ouchy ear without having to say, "Henry, I'm on the phone. Shh, honey. Honey, SHHHH. Sweetheart, I am ON. THE. PHONE."
Then I had the opportunity to take William to the pediatrician without having to say, "Henry, sit in the chair, please. Henry, remember what we talked about, about how you need to be quiet so Mommy can hear the doctor. Oh, honey, get off the floor. Off the floor, please. Honey, OFF THE FLOOR, oh that is gross, you are having a bath in hand sanitizer when we get home."
Then I had the opportunity to sit in the pharmacy waiting area with a book and without having to say, "Henry, sit in the chair, please. Henry, IN the chair. Feet OFF the chair, please. No, we are not buying that. Honey, remember we don't talk about other people when they can hear us. Seriously, stop that. No, we are not buying that. I said NO, Henry. Sit IN the chair. ON your butt, please. Okay, it was funny the first three times, but now stop saying 'butt.' Quiet voice, please. Just a few more minutes. Because we have to wait our turn. Honey, just be patient please, we are almost done."
Then I had the opportunity to take William into the school office without saying, "Henry, hold my hand. You have to hold my hand. Stop careening, please. Shhhh, sweetheart, children are trying to learn. Okay, stop saying 'butt' now. CAREFUL, honey. That's HER pencil. Leave that there, please. Don't touch that, please. Oh, god, don't LICK that please, are you kidding me?"
Then I had the opportunity to go to the grocery store without saying, "Fine, you can walk, but you have to watch where you're going. Watch where you're going, honey. Henry, you almost smashed right into that lady's cart. No, I'M going to hold the list. No, we're not buying that. No, we're not buying that. No, we're not buying that. Because we don't need it, now be quiet for a minute so Mommy can concentrate on this decision. Honey, shhh a little. You really can't keep saying 'butt,' sweetheart. Do you need to go into the cart? Okay, then stay on OUR side of the aisle. OUR side, honey. No, no candy. No, no doughnut. Honey, we are almost done, please be patient."
Then I had the opportunity to put away the groceries without saying, "You can have something to eat after I put away the groceries. AFTER I put away the groceries. Honey, I JUST answered that question, you need to LISTEN. I don't think you ARE going to die if you have to wait a few minutes, no. Why don't you play a computer game? Sweetheart, I'm trying to go down the stairs, you need to get out from under my feet or we're both going to get hurt. Put that down, please. Let me past, please. The faster I can get this done, the sooner you can have a snack. No, that's for with lunch tomorrow. Honey, you are driving Mommy crazy."
Then I had the opportunity to write this post without saying, "Just give Mommy a few minute to write, please. Please let Mommy concentrate. Listen, you were totally happy playing with your knights until the instant my butt hit the chair, and then you wanted to talk to me. Yes, butt, I know, very funny. Yes, very funny. Okay, stop saying 'butt' now. Okay, you can sit on my lap, but please be quiet. Honey, I can't concentrate, and if I can't concentrate I can't finish this. Sweetheart, could you please go play something else? Stop doing that. Stop doing that. That's why I told you to stop doing that. Can you pick that mess up now, please? Henry. Henry, come on, I just want FIVE minutes. Five minutes is not unreasonable. Why don't you draw Daddy a picture? It's spelled b-u-t-t. Oh, how nice, yes, now let Mommy concentrate. Honey. Sweetheart. Yes, I see it. Okay, now let me just finish this and then we can read your book."
And now I have the opportunity to go pick up the little booger from preschool.
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