A couple of days ago I mentioned that BC has been doing a LOT more walking in his walker.
Yesterday we went to our favourite trash and treasure market for the morning. It is a very popular one and always quite crowded. Despite the crowds, BC insisted on walking the whole time.
Which is great, except there’s one thing I haven’t yet mentioned about his walking. YES, he can walk for a lot longer and a lot faster than the past, but he really still hasn’t mastered the art of walking straight.
I don’t think it’s only a matter of control, but also a matter of being a 4 year old with places to go and things to see and those things aren’t necessarily straight ahead.
So he ziz-zags his way along, making sudden turns and direction changes with very little warning to anyone nearby.
This is not a problem when we are in a shopping mall when there aren’t many people around and there’s lots of room – but quite a problem when we are at a very crowded outdoor market with lots of prams, dogs on leads and people stopping to chat with friends in the middle of the path.
After several near misses as people just managed to jump out of his way at the last minute (all, I must say, a little surprised, but very good humoured about it!), I pulled BC aside and we had a little chat. I explained to him that it wasn’t up to everyone else to get out of his way. That he had to slow down, watch where he was walking and try to walk straight.
It turns out, that in typical 4 year old fashion, the only part of my little chat that BC heard was ‘everyone else get out of the way’.
So as we continued to walk, he ploughed ahead, at full speed, zig-zagging like crazy, – the only difference this time was that he was shouting, at the top of his voice ‘GET OUT OF MY WAY!!! GET OUT OF MY WAY!!!’ as people leapt left and right to clear the path for him.
I know I should have been cross, very cross. But honestly, the sight was hilarious and the result was that I just couldn’t stop laughing and, never a fan of being stuck in crowds, I had an incredible urge (which I only just managed to keep in check) to join in the shouting with him.
We certainly got to where we wanted to go much faster.
We will continue to have this chat about walking carefully and straight in the future, hopefully with some success. But just secretly, I think it would be handy for us to keep in reserve a special ‘get out of my way’ walk, just for when we really need to get through a crowd quickly .