Scorch had a flag football game this weekend and we were running really late. We had a chaotic morning that was capped off with driving by a fender bender just as the emergency vehicles were getting there which delayed us a lot. The Hubs was already at the field and he was texting me like crazy to find out when we were getting there. When we arrived at the sports complex it was packed- there were skating lessons starting, soccer getting out and a birthday party in full swing. The parking lot was packed and I had no idea where I was going to park. So I texted the Hubs and let him know that I was going to drop Scorch off front and let him walk to the field to find the Hubs while Bean and I parked the car. All Scorch had to do was walk through two sets of double doors, then turn left and walk into the field area. Really not a big deal, but he’s 5 and I worry so I was a little hesitant to let him go, but I figured he’d be fine.
Just as the doors closed behind Scorch and I pull away from the curb, I got a text from the Hubs telling me he’s not on the field, he’s in the bathroom.
I wasn’t worried about Scorch getting kidnapped or being hurt, I was more concerned with him freaking out if he couldn’t find his dad quickly. As I frantically looked for a parking spot, all I could envision was Scorch standing in the middle of the crowd sobbing because he didn’t know where we were.
Turns out I was worrying for nothing. The Hub’s Dad and Step-Mom were waiting inside the entrance so Scorch waited with them. But even if he didn’t find them, judging by what my in-law’s said, Scorch would have been fine. Evidently he knew just about everyone in the place and was really too busy greeting his friends and high-fiving people to talk to my in-laws much.
And that is what I’m thankful for today- a little boy who is confident enough to walk into a place and talk to everyone he sees. A 5 year old who can’t walk 2 feet in school without being greeted by an older kid. A kid who doesn’t know that not everyone will want to be his friend and who has no problem walking up to complete strangers and striking up a conversation. May he always be this confident and sure of himself.