Proud Mummy moment coming up! It wasn’t until I was talking to my boss/friend this morning that I realised quite how much of an achievement this was. You see, I knew Adam could do it, otherwise I wouldn’t have let him go on his own.
Anyway, a few weeks ago I had a stall at a local summer fair and, as The Man was working, Adam had to come with me. The fair was open from 11am to 3pm which isn’t long but when you have to get there to drop stuff off then drive the car home and walk back at 9.30am it feels like a very long day.
On Saturday evening, we looked up the Man’s shift and saw that he was going to be driving the bus route which has a stop at the Tesco close to the fair so we also looked up the times of the buses he would be driving. The Man and I arranged that, if Adam wanted to, he could go for a round trip on the bus into the city centre and out again.
After Adam had helped me to set up the gazebo and tables, put out the Tupperware and had a cup of tea, he decided he’d like to walk the, probably, half mile to the bus stop. Now, this isn’t a new route for him as it was part of the route which he walked to College (2014 to 2016) and we walk to Tesco regularly. However, it was the first time he’d chosen to walk part of the route, starting from a different point and having to cross a road he hadn’t crossed on his own before. He phoned me when he got to the bus stop and told me he’d seen the Man driving to the park and ride site and that the board on the bus stop, which tells you how long you have to wait until the next bus, said that the next bus was due in 6 minutes. Adam then phoned me when he got off the bus to let me know he was on his way back to the fair.
When he got back to the fair, he needed the toilet. Unfortunately, he hadn’t thought to use the toilet at Tesco after he got off the bus so he had an accident. It was OK, these things happen sometimes, and I asked Adam if he wanted to walk home and get changed. He said yes and off he went again, after asking me what time I thought he should be back by. He was quicker than I said which was great! Walking home and letting himself in, including turning off the alarm, isn’t new. Again, he’s done it before. The big deal about this is that he walked home, turned off the alarm, went in the house, got changed, came out of the house, locked the door, turned on the alarm and then walked back. 100% ON HIS OWN! He didn’t even phone me to let me know he was home or on his way back. We’d set a time limit and that was good enough for him and for me.
Adam wouldn’t have done either of these a year ago so this was amazing. However, what he did do last Summer, and has done again this Summer, is cover my stall for me while I go to the toilet or go to get him a cup of tea. He has also taken a note into the coffee shop to buy himself a cup of tea (after I’ve been in with him for the first cup) and ask for my water bottle to be refilled.
I originally started writing this post on my phone a few weeks ago and then forgot about it! I have a couple of other Proud Mummy moments to post about too but I’ll write a separate post for those.