He was in tears when his Dad left without him this morning. I needed a distraction, something to make him think staying at home with me was WAY better then going out with his Dad. I offered painting, I even offered a DVD but none of them got more than a screamed “No!” and more tears. It had to be something special… really special.
So out I went, into the frosty morning, with a big, deep sided, tray. I knew I had his attention when I looked back and saw him watching me out the kitchen window. By the time I’d filled the tray with sand and found my way back through the building site and inside the tears were gone.
“What are you doing Mum?”
“Oh something special…”
“Something special for me?”
I sent him out the front to pick some leaves off the gum tree while I packed the sand down a bit and used a block to make roads. By the time he got back I had a small network of roads with some road signs and various vehicles. His eyes lit up, the tears were gone!
Over the morning he added his gum leaves, some stones, a tunnel, some blocks, lots and lots of cars and animals and even a penguin swimming in a pool.
The sand tray is still set up on the table, waiting for the big girls to get home from school and join in. So much more fun than driving around town with Dad!