Analeigh is almost four.
I feel like by now, I know my kid pretty well.
I know she won’t eat anything unless it was her idea to do so.
I know she will ask to watch a movie on my phone every morning at 6 am. (thank you Jesus for netflix on iPhone)
I know that when it looks sunny she will ask to go outside and play. and when you tell her again that it is still freezing outside, she will push out her bottom lip and I will feel like joining her in pouting.
I know she doesn’t want her hair done. I know she can’t sleep without her blankey. I know she wants to wear a dress.. every single day.
I also thought my kid would never go near anything that remotely resembles a “ticket blaster.”
When I booked her surprise party at Chuck E. Cheese I saw that the birthday kid gets to go in the blaster to try and win as many tickets as possible… and I thought.. that’s awesome but she will never ever in a million years go in there.
And I was right. She saw it and said she wouldn’t go in.
Thennnnnnn she saw the prize desk and realized that to buy prizes she needed tickets and they blaster held the tickets… a+b=prizes.. glorious prizes.
A switch flipped in her little beautiful brain and she was instantly begging for her turn in the machine… she over heard the hostess say one of us could go with her, and she begged me to go with her (um, heck yes!)
So as soon as the cake was cut, she started in on the host to let her have her turn…
She put on goggles and she clung for dear life to me as we entered the blaster.
She lasted less than 10 seconds inside before frantically asking to be done but my admiration for her grew 10 fold.
How does such a tiny person impress me so much? How is it our children can teach us lessons without knowing they are doing it?
She faced her fear because she knew the outcome would be worth the momentary discomfort.
She pushed through her comfort zone in to something foreign and quite frankly scary and trusted in the process.
She scored 79 tickets in her 10 seconds in the blaster, and the host gave her 200 for being so brave.
At the counter later, redeeming her hard earned tickets, she pointed out a doll that was about 400 tickets out of our range.. we start discussing our options and the girl working the counter hands her the doll she wanted, no questions asked.
You earned it Birthday Girl. Mama is so proud of you..
p.s. thanks to my hubs for taking these photos!