Yesterday, the kids and I headed over to Tesson Ferry Library's Summer Reading kick-off event. Prior to leaving, I listened to Noah tell me umpteen times, how much he did not want to go.
"I just want to stay home all day," said Noah.
I was familiar with this song and dance of his, as it occurs whenever we go somewhere new. When he was younger, the routine was more volatile and included tantrums and head-banging. Over the years, I've learned that the less I say, the better. I simply give him the facts - the who, what, when, where's, and make sure he has a favorite toy or book with him for the car ride.
Jason Vaughn, a professional balloon artist from Higher Hope Balloons, provided a fun, interactive show. The impromptu stories he spun, transformed kids into actors with the help of creative balloon props.
Noah was chosen to play the role of dragon in a one of the skits. Within seconds of placing the airy costume upon his head, his apprehension turned to giggles. He was on stage and having a good time.
Prior to leaving the show, Noah made a trip to the bathroom. Upon exiting he said, "A boy came up to me and asked if I was the dragon. I told him yes. He told me he liked it when I fell down and played dead. Mom...I'm famous!" announced Noah.