when you have been chasing your kid around the zoo all day. You thought you would be a nice mom and let her out of her stroller so she could see the sea lions up close. "Look at the sea lions!", you squeal like an insane person. What an awesome mom you are! Pat on the back for me! But then you spend the next half hour chasing her in one direction, while your stroller rolls away in the opposite direction. Which do you go after first? "My wallet is in the stroller", you think, "I should probably grab the stroller." But then again, your child is, well, your child. You run and grab her then chase after the stroller. But she doesn't want to be held. Because she is a very grown-up almost 2-year-old now. So she kicks and screams, "down!" "DOWN!" "WALK!". You spend the next hour or so doing this. Chasing your child, chasing your stroller, heaving your screaming child, putting screaming child into stroller which causes more screaming, taking child out of stroller for a better look at the giraffes, or the tigers or the brown bears. "Follow mommy Caroline!" "Stay by mommy!" "Hold mommy's hand Caroline!", which of course, causes more screaming. Only babies hold their mommies hands. She is NOT a baby. This is fun! We are at the zoo! We are making lasting memories, damn it!
All the while you are fighting crowds, and school groups, and heat and your almost 2-year-old. And you are thinking in the back of your mind..."I just have to make it to the car." "Just hold it together until the car."