Blaugust Entry, Day 6
When I picked our son up from the sitter’s, he jumped for joy and ran to hug me. It’s been a week since he last saw me.
We went to our local Denny’s and waited for his mother. We were having dinner for our weekly get-together. It would be another 15-20 minutes until she would arrive, so we sat out in the parking lot, talking and pointing at cars. He -loves- cars, and can recognize most major car brand logos on sight. The breeze felt nice – it’s been surprisingly cool all week.
I pulled out my phone and opened up Monument Valley. It’s a great game for a young child to play with. The gameplay is so intuitive, even an almost-four year old could understand what to do. As we got through the first few levels, some of the mechanics became a little more abstract. I found that, with a little suggestion and gentle nudging, he was able to figure out the solution by himself for the most part.
I was also amazed when he remembered a specific moment when the floor crumbles before you are able to walk across it. It was about a month since we last played that level, and that was the first thing that he pointed out to me when we approached that section.
Kids are amazingly smart, and they process a lot of information quickly. Sometimes (maybe most times), all you need is to point them in the right direction, and they will pick it up in no time. Last week, he wanted to know how to stab his pizza with a fork, and after showing him how I held the fork, he immediately got it. Yes, we were eating pizza with forks. Sue me.
I am having doubts about these meetings, though. After I hug and kiss him goodbye at the evening’s end, he gives me this slightly confused and melancholic look. I often get frustrated, angry and/or depressed afterwards, and I can’t focus on anything productive. My idea was that, our son would be happiest when he is with both of his parents instead of just one. I have no clue as to the long-term effectiveness of this experiment though, but hopefully, it will leave him at least some positive family-time memories, even if only subconsciously.
Onward, to Day 7.
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