alpaca princess (renniekins) wrote,
alpaca princess

Bad Ideas

A few weeks ago when I visited my family in Chicago, I was trying to play "Cool Aunt" with my nephew (almost five years old). I'd gotten each of the kids a couple of little gumball-sized toys, and Will's had glow-in-the-dark drills on it. He was pretty excited about this, and went into the closet to check it out.

He later insisted that I join him in the closet to admire it. I started to join him, when I realized that he was in a tiny linen closet. You know, the kind with horizontal shelves all the way down, and no standing room? He was insistent though, so I scrunched myself up and managed to get the door closed.

We admired the toy for a bit, then we returned to the family room. He started asking us to turn off all of the lights. "It's daytime," I explained to him. "You can't turn off the sun." He got upset and pouty for a bit, so I took him into the bedroom. I thought it'd be fun if we built a pillow fort, and we could use blankets and stuff to make a cave dark enough to see his toy.

He was not in the mood to be satisfied though, and continued grumbling, "It's not dark enough." He wouldn't even crawl into the cave I'd made. Eventually I gave up and put the covers back onto the bed.

Later we settled down and started playing with the toy, and he was enjoying it. Then I saw that the weather was turning quite nice out, so I asked, "Why don't we all walk over to the zoo and look at the alpacas?"

My suggestion was not greeted with enthusiasm, even once we'd explained to Will what an alpaca was. He didn't want to go, he wanted to stay and play. "Well that's okay," I said, "But I think I'd like to go to the zoo. You can stay here if you want."

This provoked a complete melt-down. "Nooo, I want you to stay here and play with meeee!" He was working up quite a temper tantrum when his dad, my brother, took him aside.

This is my brother's general approach to unacceptable behavior: he will remove Will from the situation and talk to him privately about how we are supposed to act.

I didn't hear what my brother said to him, all I heard was my nephew's response. A little voice wailed from the other room, "But she has BAD ideas!"

I caught my sister's eye. Neither of us were able to keep from giggling. The thought still makes me laugh. So there you have it folks. I am much too removed from today's youth. I thought things like pillow forts, zoo trips, and alpacas visits would be cool..... but I have bad ideas.
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