Life with 4 kids 6 and under. Our trip to pick up Tonito in China is: mid-March 2008 through April 12. Our trips to pick up Ricky in Ethiopia are in June and August of 2010.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Learning about Locks on Doors

Vivi locked herself (on accident) into Tonito's bedroom when she was supposed to be taking a nap. I heard screaming, so I ran down and she told me the door was stuck. I tried and tried to explain to her how you have to turn the little knob from up and down to sideways- to no avail. After her hysterical crying subsided, I convinced her that as soon as Papi came home he would be able to "fix it." So I gave her library books under the door, fruit roll-ups, and we held each others' fingers. When she got scared I would tell her to go look out the window and I would go outside and wave to her. She was being so cute- "Mommy, I really miss you. Remember when I wasn't stuck? Remember when you read books to me?" (this was only after 10 minutes, which must have felt like an eternity to a 3 year who expects the entire world to run on her time). When Tonio came home an hour and a half later, he tried the same tricks I tried with the little metal stick tool to poke out the release latch. No luck. Finally we got the bright idea to call kwikset and the 1800 operator told us the tool for these doors was not the one we were using, but rather a skinny flathead screwdriver. We found it within minutes and opened the door and tearstained Vivi came out and gave us a huge hug and said "I promise I not close the door ever never again in the whole wide world" (that is her new phrase). Then she went on to say she didn't like stuck doors, and that her nap was all done and she wanted to go play. We tried to teach her how to unlock the doors and also to never touch the locks again, 2 conflicting messages, neither one she grasped fully. Then we overheard her relate the story to Tonito about being stuck, and candy under the door, and her juice wouldn't fit, and mommy held her fingers, and waving out the window and papi saved her and fixed it. Tonito just looked at her and smiled and said "I Lightning McQueen!" and Vivi said "I a fa-fa!" (fa-fa= giraffe) and they ran off and played.


Beverly said...

how scary!!

Tio Mayo said...

Ay, pobre Vivi, que bueno que fue poquito tiempo. Denle muchos besos de mi parte. Al menos tiene papas valientes para afrontarlo y ademas que había ventanas cerca. Espero que no se vuelva vicio eso de abrir las puertas ajenas, jaja. Saludos.