The art of distraction is one moms world-wide must master. It can help a curious toddler forget all about the poorly concealed rebar just ten feet away from the playground; rebar that seems way more interesting than the colorful equipment designed specifically for children. Last night while the bigs were at the skate park, Matt and I were too comfortable at the picnic table to run over and physically remove Parker from the area that looked to be less-than-safe for a two-year-old. I glanced around to see what I could use to lure him back toward us and saw some flowers behind me. In a half-hearted effort, not expecting it to work, I said, “LOOK, Parker!! Flowers!!” His little blonde head popped up and he looked at me. Matt then said, “Parker! There’s a purple flower!” Surprisingly, it worked. Parker, swinging that left arm, marched right over to us and started picking flowers, and before long he saw the one, single purple flower.
I love how Parker “smells” flowers with his mouth.