He has expressed his independence several times with his outgoing personality, walking up to total strangers and starting conversations with them. He must believe that everyone is nice and wants to be his friend. Thankfully that is almost always the case! I pray all the time that God would protect him from those who might want to do him harm. Too bad we live in such a yucky world!
I still remember the time he walked right up to the snack shop at the baseball game and ordered from a picture menu. He said, "I'll take one of those!" and proceeded to point to an ice cream picture. The lady working the stand was kind and just gave him one. All I could do was laugh and lightly rebuke him for not asking me first as we walked away.
Over the past few months we haven't seen this side of him at all until yesterday. Does this mean he is more himself these days? I believe so, which is such a praise!
So back to my story about yesterday. Like I said, I was shopping and had both little ones with me. They were both in the shopping cart. I'm not sure I'll be able to take Micah shopping with me once he grows out of it because he is everywhere and touches everything. Major training needed but his ability to have self-control is so limited right now. So once I finished shopping, I went up to pay. Thankfully this is a small store and there were hardly any people there, just a few. I took Micah out of the cart so we could fit the groceries in it. He was strictly instructed to stay close to me and the cart. He immediately went behind the counter and told the cashier that he was big enough to work there! We laughed and joked with him about it. As I was putting my stuff in my wallet and getting situated, I noticed he walked a few feet away from me and was out of view. I figured the cashiers were watching him, I mean there were three behind the counter and my back was to the store. When I wheeled my cart around, he was nowhere to be seen. I thought, "Oh great! He is probably down one of the aisles touching something he shouldn't!" I proceeded to look down each aisle, calling his name. He wasn't there! Ok, he must have gone the other direction and be down another aisle? I asked the cashier if he knew where he went and he joked and said, "We put him to work!" Very funny! Now is not the time to joke with me. I hurriedly looked down every aisle and had that sinking feeling. I felt foolish for calling his name because it drew attention to me and it never works anyway because Micah thinks it's funny when I can't find him. Knowing him, he would hide from me and that just makes me look like a foolish parent!
Ok, so no Micah anywhere! The only place he could have escaped to would be outside. Would he have gone to the car by himself? As I looked outside at my van, I saw no little boy. I asked the other cashiers if they saw a little 4 year old go outside by himself. The manager said she saw him go towards that direction. At this point they were starting to help me out. I still had to unbuckle Levi and get my bags and they could see the urgency on my face. The cashier helped me with my bags while I got Levi out of the cart. As we approached the van, I saw the door somewhat ajar and I breathed a sigh of relief knowing that he was in the van. Sure enough, there he was waiting for me. I gave him a strong lecture on how he should never leave the store without me! I thought he was lost and had been looking for him. He didn't seem to understand by the look on his face.