Last week, on Wednesday afternoon, I took Dylan to the playground. We were the only people there. Dylan said, "No kids? You play with me, Mommy!" We went down the slide a few times, then pretended the climbing wall was a huge mountain. After we made it to the top, I said, "Well, what can we see from the top of this big mountain?" He giggled, and we started naming things we could see. That went on for quite a while, but suddenly he got very quiet. He put his hand on my arm and said, "Mommy, we need friends".
Um...Ouch!? The frantic plea for a play date went out the next day!
On Friday, he had a play date with three boys, ages 2 1/2, 1 1/2, and 6 months. Wow! Chaos reigned, but have you ever noticed how insanity causing chaos for one person becomes hilarity causing chaos when shared? There was a lot of laughter. There also was a hat thrown into dirty pool water, sand just about everywhere but in the sandbox, goldfish crackers eaten off the ground, and sippy cups stolen and "shared".
One kid fell off a bench, one got stuck in an overturned car, one removed his pants, one gave the baby a very large rock to play with, one ate a mysterious brown substance.
But, we were with friends and even at age 2 1/2, my kid realizes that "we need friends". As we left, he excitedly remarked, "We had fun with our friends!", and of course, he was right.