My kids asked if they could play out back, to watch workmen cutting down a tree in the field behind our house, this morning.
No problem. We have a chain link fence around our back yard with locks on all the gates.
I’ve often let the kids play out back while I wash dishes, in the kitchen, where I can see them through the patio doors.
This morning, I let them out, then started puttering around the kitchen, making coffee and what not.
I glanced out the window to see what they were up to, and see my son on the OTHER side of the fence walking toward the workmen. Of course, I wasted no time running out to catch him.
Me- "How did you get out of the yard?"
Mister- "I climbed the fence."
Him- "Well, there’s a lock on the gate."
He is THREE YEARS OLD!
On the one hand, I am proud that he possesses the observation and logic skills to determine that there was an obstacle (gate lock) preventing him from getting out of the yard, and the problem solving skills to figure out a way OVER it.
On the other, it about scared me out of my wits.
What IF I hadn’t looked up when I did.
What IF I had run to the bathroom, instead of just made some coffee.
What IF the worker hadn’t seen me running toward Mister, stopped the machine, and told him “I think your Mommy wants you.”
There are SO many ways this situation could have turned out for the worse.
I do know one thing for sure… the kids will NOT be playing out in the backyard without me for a while!