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A walk to the shops should be a simple straight forward task that doesn’t take too long. it’s as some would say…

“A walk in the park”

Not when there is a 4.10 year old involved…

In H’s world everything is waiting to be a game.  Just straightforward walking is boring.  It’s much more fun to spread your arms like a plane and fly.  And in H’s world planes rarely fly in straight lines, they zig zag back and forth and do loop the loops.  I am constantly saying “watch where you’re going”, and muttering apologies to the strangers who play dodge the small child who is careering straight for them at break neck speed.   He walks twice as far as the rest of us who are walking in boring straight lines to get to our destination.

If he’s not being a plane he’s jumping over the pavement cracks, skipping, hopping, running, dancing, anything but walking.

Then there are the abrupt halts for any number of reasons, stopping to look at his reflection in a shop window, pointing to a cyclist and asking “is that Daddy” (It could be an elderly woman or a man with two heads, but if they are on a bike it must be Daddy!), waving to the police car, seeing a car that looks like Lightning McQueen, or just because

“I’ve run out of batteries Mummy, you need to press my on switch to make me go again”

The problem with all of these abrupt halts is that they often cause pedestrian pile ups.  People in a hurry on a busy high street are not often very amused by a 4 year olds ‘fun’!

Then there is the need to pick up everything he sees.  A stick maybe just a stick to you and I but in H’s eyes it’s a walking stick or a sword.  Stones and leaves become prized treasure (the bigger the better), feathers give him super powers, flowers are picked as a gift for me.  When we are walking in the park or the forest I encourage him to hunt and gather, it’s a fun game.  However when walking down the high street 99.9% of things on the floor I do not want him to pick up!  Antibacterial hand gel is a handbag essential.

We have to stop (again) every few minutes to put on/remove sunglasses/hat/coat/shoes.  It is impossible to wear an item for the full journey!  4 year olds rarely understand that the sun has just gone behind a cloud and will reappear in thirty seconds, they are only ever concerned with the here and now.  Then there are walls to balance on, lamp posts to climb, fences to swing on, bike racks to duck under, sign posts to stop and read, crossing buttons to press (even when we are not crossing the road).  And all the time there is the constant talking, the sound effects that go with whatever game he is playing, the ten billion questions about his world around him, the loud (and often embarrassing) observations about the man with the white beard who of course must be Father Christmas, or the man with no hair who H finds very amusing.

It takes even longer when wheels are involved!
It takes even longer when wheels are involved!

Please don’t take me the wrong way, I am not complaining, often I am in awe of his little world.  It’s innocence, his wisdom.  He certainly makes my world more interesting and fun.  It’s just that ‘popping’ to the shops is never quick, never something to be done in a hurry.  And all of that is before we’ve even entered the shops, but that’s a whole other blog in itself!

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9 Comments on A Walk in the Park (or in this case to the shops)

  1. Lynne Huysamen
    June 9, 2015 at 11:28 am (1 year ago)

    Loved this post, thanks for sharing. I have an 18 month old boy and a 3 1/2 yr old girl. Nothing is simple or easy, nothing can be done quickly. Stopping at the shop on the way home for a loaf of bread can turn into a 1 hour ordeal lol.

    But you are right, it is amazing watching these little beings with their funny little ways. They will not be small forever, they grow way too fast!
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    • Claire
      June 10, 2015 at 12:46 pm (1 year ago)

      It’s never a quick trip! Thank-you for your comment 🙂

  2. Jenny
    September 24, 2014 at 8:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I love that he says he has ran out of batteries bless him! So cute. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

      • Jenny
        September 24, 2014 at 9:47 pm (2 years ago)

        Well welcome and hope to see you again. Thanks for linking up! Hope you will enjoy it and other blogs linking up.

  3. joyandpops
    September 24, 2014 at 11:46 am (2 years ago)

    Really love this post, all so true! Walked with my two year old to our local playgroup yesterday, 10 min walk max, by the time we arrived after all our meandering it was time for sing a long and home again!
    Nevermind, soon they’ll be all grown up and running on ahead so I guess we should enjoy this stage while it lasts!!

    • HeartsAndFlowers
      September 24, 2014 at 11:50 am (2 years ago)

      H has just started school. It takes us half hour to get home from a 10 minute walk!

  4. HeartsAndFlowers
    September 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Reblogged this on Lifeloveanddirtydishes.


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