Despite appearances, the walk was more of a carry for those in the two-year-old demographic, however, there were brief spells of walking, primarily to retrieve appropriate sticks.
The funny thing about this trip was that even though it was downhill, the walk back seemed much longer than the walk up. I’ve done this to myself on bike rides too–going out too far, too fast, then dragging all the way home. I think that this time around, I was expecting that 3B would walk at some point, so carrying him up didn’t seem that bad.
But no matter what I was expecting, I still had to carry him all the way down. Isn’t that the way, some days?
Recently, Mama and I have been trying to figure out how to cope with the recent spate of meltdowns that 3B has been going through. I figure that part of the cause is the recent stresses of my being gone for a week, the trip here to Grammy’s, being out of his house and routine for two weeks, and knowing that when we get home, he’ll have a new bathroom–if they were able to cut down the toilet drainpipe, level the floor, replumb the sink, and fit the tub out of our place and into the elevator.
Perhaps I’m projecting that last one from myself onto 3B.
Part of the cause might also be that 3B has figured out that meltdowns are a good way to stop the world for a little bit. Even if he doesn’t get what he wants, he sometimes can get out of what he doesn’t want, or put it off for a bit. Unfortunately for him, we’re not on much of a schedule here, so we have plenty of time to let him do his thing, then carry on as before. Which of course, sets off another meltdown.
Regardless of the cause of the meltdowns, and our inability to resolve them, we still have to carry on. Isn’t that the way some days?
Besides, the meltdowns, which involve plenty of civil-disobedience-body-goes-totally-limp-and-melts-to-the-floor maneuvers, have led 3B to discover that he can crawl under the beds here, and play cave in them with all of his friends, just like he does under his crib at home.
For every step backward, there’s another step forward. That’s just the way.