It's usually a fun day when we take Noli to the park. Not so this particular day!
We picked her up from her soccer game and went to meet Mommy and some friends and go out to eat. Where are we eating, Noli asks first thing. Zoe's, we say.
NO! I'm not eating there. They don't have anything I like. I'm NOT eating there!
and so it continued the entire drive of around 20 minutes or so. Do you know how long 20 minutes can be when a kid is yelling in the backseat and will not accept any amount of reasoning? And naturally we were too early to go to the *dreaded* restaurant. In text conversations on the phone, Mommy suggested meeting at Trinity Park which was close to the *dreaded* restaurant. We figured Noli would run off some of her irritation and be ready to go to eat in peace.
Um, not so.
Noli, in her blue soccer uniform is taking a free ride
As soon as we got to the playground she was airborne straight to the merry-go-round. Now the parks she usually goes to don't have merry-go-rounds so that's probably why she was stuck like glue to this one. At first there were only a few little kids on it, and then BOOM kids came out of nowhere and jumped on. Round and round, I was getting dizzy just watching them.
Then we get the call from Mommy -- they are headed to the restaurant. So I go over to get Noli -- who of course will absolutely not get off that merry-go-round. I am NOT getting off, I am NOT going to Zoe's. They still don't have anything I like to eat. I'm NOT.
I finally stopped the merry-go-round and told the other kids that I was going to have to get her off, and between me unclenching her fingers and Papa picking her up, we got her off that blasted merry-go-round....
Only to have her run straight to the climbing thing with the slides. Zoom! She goes to the side you can't see in the pic, the side that has those round things you hold onto and swing your way across.
Then she's hoisting herself up on TOP of the ladder that goes across and gets in a rather precarious position. I'm right under her, scared that she might fall. But she carefully places her feet (which by the way, are in slippery cowboy boots and not sure footed tennis shoes) IN THE HANDHOLDS and manages to get across and over to the platform without falling. And without my heart attack that I surely thought was going to happen. I told her she could go down the slide ONE time to get off the thing, and then we were leaving.
She was kind of subdued so I guess her little excursion scared her more than she let on.
We got in the car and it started again.... NO! I'm NOT going there.
Well, honey, you are... and you know what? She found something she did like, and enjoyed her meal. And the rest of us grown-ups were able to enjoy ours!
The little smarty pants.
Next time, I think we'll just ride the train!
~ sharing Noli's Trinity Park excursion over at Miss Jenny's for Alphabe-Thursday where we are studying the letter T
~ sharing her blue uniform, the blue merry-go-round, and the blue sky over on Blue Monday~ sharing over at Grandma's Briefs for GRAND Social