Today I attempted to walk to the grocery store for diapers. It was a chance to combine some exercise with a much needed errand. Also, I was praying for that blissful “fall-asleep-in-the-stroller-so-I-can-enjoy-an-hour-of-quiet” anticipation a mother feels when she knows her toddler is tired and it is a nice day for a walk. Walking to the store no one fell asleep and two little boys (one 4 and the other 2) were even more tired by the time we arrived. They both wanted to walk around the store, which always signifies disaster and when I said “no” to that, there was a tantrum. I thought about just leaving, but then remembered how desperate I was for diapers. Instead, a KitKat proved the answer.
Diapers, milk and KitKat purchased, I speedily exited the grocery store and tore open the KitKat for the boys to share. With chocolate in hand, I put the cover over the double stroller and started my walk back home. Within 5 minutes they were both asleep. At the house, I left them outside and went to read my book in the kitchen. The front door was open, so I could hear when one or the other woke up.
That they did. Covered in melted chocolate from head to toe. I have never seen such a mess on a little boy’s face and clothes! I didn’t know what he was more freaked out about: waking up in the buggy or waking up with melted goo all over his skin. I gingerly held him close, but not too close, until we could reach the bathroom and a towel. Chocolate wiped and another nice cuddle from mommy. Now he is asleep again on my lap. My four year old made it down to the family room sofa and went straight back to sleep as well.
Is chocolate so soporific that it will keep them down for another hour? I have a lot of emails to catch up on. I could use an easier attitude in the grocery store, but if I am going to have to take two tired boys to the store for anything – I am heading straight for the chocolate aisle.