So now that Oliver is six, he wants to walk to school by himself. Â So today he walked the half block to school and was set to play with his friends. Â
For his birthday, Jerry and Gloria gave him a great Lego Batman set with the Riddler, Flash, and of course Batman. Â He knows he isnâ€™t supposed to bring toys to school. Â They get stolen and he is often heart broken but being six and so very proud of his Batman he did anyways. Â You know he lost it.
I heard him crying on the way home with Mark. Â He wasnâ€™t mad but heart broken. Â He confessed to me that he had snuck Batman to school and it had gotten lost before he broke down and went to bed. Â He was that broken up over it.
I lost things as a kid as well and my dad was an ass about it most times and would lecture me about how irresponsible I was. Â Of course I was irresponsible, I was five. Â So instead of taking that approach, I logged online and eventually found the Lego Canada store and ordered him a new one. Â Of course it was a total ripoff and for what I paid in shipping, I kind of hope the real Batman delivers it in person.
That probably makes me a bad father but it sucks losing stuff as a kid, especially when it is brand new. Â He already knows that he shouldnâ€™t have taken his toy to school. Â I am not sure punishing him further makes it any better. Â It didnâ€™t for me. Â I never lost my favourite stuff on purpose. Â Neither does he.
The good news is that Oliver is happy and it curled up on the couch lobbying for some leftover birthday cake. Â He tells me his stomach doesnâ€™t hurt anymore and is kind of hungry. Â