So despite what I have written recently, we really did have a decent vacation.Â OK, I had a decent vacation.Â TheWife had a fun time.Â LatteGirl, however had an all out blast.
Last Year, we enjoyed going to this place, but one of the few problems we had was LatteGirl and her being shy.Â It was like she was attached to our hips the entire time.Â She wasn’t interested in playing with or getting to know the other children at the resort, and we had to keep her “entertained” the entire time.
We were detemined to try and help her get past this when we went on vacation this year.Â We planned, we schemed, we had everything all set and agreed upon so she couldn’t play one parent against the other.Â We accounted for every possible scenario.Â Or so we thought.Â There was one situation we had not taken into consideration, and it took us by surprise.
As it turns out, she was ready to spread her wings and start embarking on her own adventures.Â No prodding necessary.Â As a matter of fact, we had to strain a bit to reign her in, as she started to show some signs that she was actually getting annoyed and felt we were “cramping her style” and wanted us to just “leave her be.”Â I had to actually restrain (no not physically) and occupy TheWife at times to keep her from constantly “checking up” on LatteGirl.Â TheWife wanted LatteGirl to find some friends and be more social, but she was not prepared for this and it showed.Â (OK, full disclosure.Â I am not sure I am(was) ready for this either, but I was certainly better prepared for what we encounted than TheWife was.)
Suddenly, the little girl that wanted us to play games with her, and swim with her, and had to have us within an arm’s reach, no longer cared to have us around.Â She did crafts with one set of friends.Â Played sports with another.Â Karaoke made her one of the most popular kids on the resort as everybody wanted to borrow her High School Musical Karaoke Disc, and at the evening “dances” the only time she wanted to know we were there was when she needed something to drink.Â Heck there was one evening when we were tired, and she told us we could go “home” (back to our room), and she would “see us later.”Â No, we didn’t allow that… not at 7 (TheWife says not for a few more years, I say not for another 20 years)
So in the end as the old adage goes, be careful of what you wish for… you just might get it.Â And if it involves your child growing up… you might get it far sooner than you hoped for.