Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Safety First

Now that we have a teenager in the house I often feel like a under tipped chauffeur.  (Actually, I have never been tipped or paid!) Most of the time I am the driver, but on one particular day I happened to be the passenger.  We were going to be in the van for a long stretch of time so each child had toys and things to occupy themselves.  Of course Tyce dropped some of his toys on the ground and of course they were as far away from me as they could possibly be!

I'm sure you can see where this is going.  He wanted the toys and I couldn't reach them.  He screamed for the toys like his life depended on them!  I tried to explain to him that I couldn't reach them and it wouldn't be safe for me to take off my seat belt to get them.  Reasoning such as this does not register in a 3 year old's mind.  I tried to distract him with other toys.  No dice.  He had to have the toys!  I tried to tell him again and again how it was very dangerous to take off your seat belt while we were driving and that was the only way to reach the toys.  He could not be deterred!  He had to have those toys!

To save my sanity and the sanity of the other passengers I finally took off my seat belt and not so lady like turned around in my skirt with my rear in the air toward the windshield and fished for the toys on the opposite side of the car.  As I was trying to find the toys under the seat Tyce stopped screaming, looked at me and said,

"Mommy, Is that safe?"

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