Tonight after a less than perfect day of kindergarten and an afternoon of meltdowns, Madelynne announced she was running away. The only true way to capture this moment of assertive independence is through the following transcript. I’m the italics, obviously.
Mommy, I am just going to run away. What do you think about that?
I think you need to eat supper first.
Well, after supper I am just going to run away to the backyard.
Oh. Well, where are you going to sleep?
In the tent.
Hmmm. That’s hard to set up by yourself. Would you like some help?
Yes. After supper you can help me run away.
Actually, Mommy, I think I might run away to Mrs. Mary Lynn’s house instead. I promise to walk in the grass when I go on the road.
Oh, really? What if Mrs. Mary Lynn doesn’t have enough room for you?
She does. I can sleep on the sofa.
Well, alright. Here’s your supper.
a few minutes later…
Mommy, I am going to pack now. You need to help me.
What if Mrs. Mary Lynn isn’t home?
a phone call is placed. there’s no answer.
Maybe you should stay here a little while and take a bath first.
I could just take a bath at Mrs. Mary Lynn’s.
No. She has boys and you can’t take a bath with them. Come get in Mommy’s big tub and pretend it’s a swimming pool.
Can I wear my bathing suit?
after bath is over….
Mommy, I’m all packed to go to Mrs. Mary Lynn’s. I think I need some food, though, like marshmallows.
You know, Madelynne, it’s almost dark. Maybe you should wait until tomorrow.
Tomorrow you will take me there to run away?
Tomorrow I will take you to run away.
Okay, then. I’ll run away tomorrow.