I reorganized my day, well in advance of the SOLSC beginning, so I could spend the morning at home. I like to be near the computer in case there are any SOLSC-related issues on day one. However, I needed to see my physician and the only opening she had prior to March 10th was this morning. At 8:40 a.m., which is prime time for me needing to be my computer on March 1st. (Thankfully, Anna, Kathleen, and Tara helped me moderate comments!)
Isabelle was cool with the change to our Tuesday morning routine when I informed her she could watch “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” on the iPad. She made it through my appointment like a champ. In fact, she willingly handed over the iPad after she got to the end of the second episode (which I told her was her limit for today).
“What are we going to do now?” she asked.
“I’m kind of hungry,” I said.
“You already ate breakfast, Mommy,” she replied.
“I know, but I didn’t eat much this morning. How about we go to the Hershey Pantry?”
“No, I don’t want to.”
“What do you want to do?”
“I want,” she paused. I don’t think she really knew what she wanted to do. “I want to go to the Hershey Story.”
I looked at my watch. It was early. Preschool wouldn’t start for two and a half hours. It would be possible to do both.
And so we did.
We arrived at the Hershey Pantry only to learn there was a 10-15 minute wait for a table. However, they offered us the option to sit at the counter, which is something I wouldn’t have considered if I hadn’t promised my kid I’d take her to a museum after my second breakfast!. Even though I was worried she’d fall off of the high chair, I figured it was worth the try.
“Sure, we’ll sit at the counter,” I told the hostess.
Next I looked at Isabelle, “And you, mademoiselle, need to sit in your tushe. No knees.”
The hostess placed an Etch-a-Sketch in front of Isabelle’s counter seat. It immediately captivated her! Even though I spent hours playing with an Etch-a-Sketch as a kid, I never thought to get one for her. They seem so old school to me. BUT, Isabelle loved it. She liked moving the knobs back and forth to create shapes. Isabelle especially loved clearing the screen, which she did dramatically by swaying the Etch-a-Sketch back and forth over her head. (I kept worrying it was going to fly out of her hands and hit somebody. Thankfully, it didn’t.)
Isabelle drank chocolate milk, played with the Etch-a-Sketch, and eventually colored with crayons while I ate some eggs and hash browns.
“Mommy?” Isabelle asked as I paid the check. “Do we have time to go to the Hershey Story?”
I looked at my watch. It was 10:20 a.m. Plenty of time to do a quick trip to the Hershey Story before heading to school.
“We sure do!”
And with that, I helped Isabelle down from her counter-seat chair (which she didn’t fall off of the entire time!) and walked hand-in-hand with her to the parking lot. We drove to the Hershey Story and walked hand-in-hand, again, to the museum. On our way, I glanced down at her and said, “I know our morning didn’t go as planned, but it’s been fun spending time with you.”
“I like spending time with you, Mommy.”