I've been going to the gym again and man, it feels good!! Fortunately, my gym has a decent childcare program. Well, at least it seemed like a decent childcare program, until this last time.
First, I need to say that the "Kids Club" consists of a great little play area complete with lots of toys and typically, a friendly staff member. Often when we go, Island Boy is the only child there, and the staff members have always enjoyed spending time with him.
This past Friday, I was happy to see that there were a few other children at the Kids Club when we arrived, so we signed in and I headed off to work out. Before I even got started with my workout I was summoned back to the Kids Club. My heart raced! What could have happened so quickly? He must have fallen and hit his head. On what?! I couldn't imagine. There weren't any sharp corners for him to hit his head on, were there? By the time I had time to think all of these thoughts I was back at the Kids Club and guess what the problem was?
The two children that were in there with him were sitting in chairs up against the wall. Each had his own bag of Pirate's Booty. (Note: the Pirate's Booty was supplied by the children's parents, not by the facility.) Naturally, Island Boy was curious to see what these two were up to (not surprising since this particular staff member didn't seem very interested in actually having to interact with any of the children) and, what a surprise, these two little children didn't like it that a baby was interested in what they were doing. They didn't want to share a single bite of their giant bags of booty and I am so thankful for that.
How many things are wrong with this picture? I probably don't need to point them all out, so let me just say that I solved the "problem" by giving Island Boy a bite of banana (fresh fruit! ever heard of it??!), introducing him to a nice little girl who had just arrived and showing them both some interesting toys to play with. Island Boy had fun playing. I had a great workout and someone's kids got to eat an entire bag of Pirate's Booty each.