We enjoyed some awesome Philadelphia weather this week. One beautiful, crisp, cool morning, as I walked to the bus stop, I overheard an adorable conversation between a preschool boy and his dad, and I knew I had to share with you. The two were standing on the sidewalk, alongside the family SUV. As the dad fished through his pocket for the vehicle's keys, the little boy said, "I can drive, Daddy. I can drive the car for you."
Daddy chuckled. Having found his keys, he said, "That's okay, buddy. I got it."
But, the little one was not deterred. "No, Daddy. Really. I can drive." The pint-size chauffeur glowed with confidence. "I drive good, too. You said so when I drive my car." I decided it's a good bet that whenever the child drove his plastic tyke-size auto along the sidewalk, Daddy probably cheered him on.
When I crossed the street to stand at the bus stop, they were out of earshot. As I stepped on the bus, the pair were still on the sidewalk discussing, I imagine, who was going to drive. I smiled, concluding that this is a good father who recognizes the importance of encouragement, positive reinforcement, and lots of accolades where his child is concerned. He definitely deserves a shout-out, applause, and high-fives.
As my bus rolled away from its stop, I gave a parting glance at the pair. I also wondered how "Daddy" was going to get himself out of the "I can drive, Daddy" situation.
Suggestions for the dad, anyone?
(photo c/o facebook.com/AmazonToysandGames)