Yesterday should have been a lovely, family day out at a Theme Park. The picnic was made, discounted tickets had been purchased, the waterproofs were packed and Daddy P was actually ready to leave at the right time – what could go wrong? When you have children, you’re never entirely sure how they will be on the day, well I’m not anyway. Monkey can be very unpredictable at 3 and half. Yesterday was going to be exception. We started the day full of excitement and promise.
We went to Thomasland, I’ll do a full post about the day soon. We went last July and Monkey loved it, so as soon as Tesco put their special offer on for tickets, I ordered them for this year. He was so excited when we arrived and made a beeline for James, and then was happy to queue for a train ride on Percy (his favourite). Everything was fine until we caught the train back and he realised that the Vintage Cars weren’t working. Last year he lived on those cars! He was not impressed and the meltdown began.
For the rest of the day we had kicking, screaming, biting, running off, not wanting to go on anything, wanting to go on something right until he got on it, and then screamed that he didn’t want to go on it. When we said, it’s fine, we’ll just go home then, that was wrong too. At one point I just had to walk away, leave Daddy P to deal with him and have a few minutes to chill out.
Writing it down, it doesn’t sound as bad as it felt on the day. In the end we left with Monkey in tears, me virtually in tears and Daddy P wishing he’d never booked the day off. It was such a shame that the day was ruined because of one ride that wasn’t working – the reaction to that was just epic! Even this morning I could have cried, just thinking about the day. It’s such a shame, he doesn’t see much of his Dad, and he’s so lucky to have the opportunities he does, but too young to appreciate it all I guess.