Every family with more than one kid in it knows that there's always one. Always one kid who is the biggest handful, causes the mischief, has all of the action occur - you know.
In my family, that is my third kid. I'm not naming her here because, you know, privacy issues and she's applying to colleges and all of that - but she was that kid. She never walked when she could run - and she ran EVERYWHERE. She was fearless, climbed and jumped and swam and leapt off the diving board and swam the length of the pool almost before she could walk.
This kid in particular has a history, if you will. She's the one of my kids who ate rosary beads, who drank holy water - we joke that she has Holy Guts. She ran out to soccer the week before her First Communion and completely skipped the stairs, landing on her forehead and splitting it neatly down the middle between the eyebrows in a cross shaped incision that was butterflied together - and then she went on to play two soccer games and her pictures from the ceremony the next weekend show a giant cross. (She still has this scar.)
What I wanted to talk about with this child was a vacation we took. We went to Disney World, and at that time, we had four children. Two were in elementary, this kid (age 3) and a baby. My husband decided that it would be a great idea to tell the cashier that this child was only 2 - so as to take advantage of the "free under 3" rate - except that she turned 3 the week before, and was very proud of the fact that she'd turned three. "My daughter? Oh, she's not yet three!" he said, holding her so that she appeared smaller (Not his shining moment of truth telling, there.)
"No, Daddy! I'm free, remember? I'm free, I'm free, I'm free!!!" and she burst into tears.
Heartbreaking, right there. But she made up for it inside the park, while we were waiting for dinner. You see, somehow, while standing right next to me, my kid stuck her head through the split rail fence - and wedged herself in their tight. It took four of us (2 of whom were park security) to get her out. (How did we manage? Simple. I picked up her feet and slid her through the rails - she was super thin. Security spent all of that time freaking out about potential negative publicity and trying to bend the rails so she could slide her head out, and I'm the one who decided to move her in the opposite direction. Score one for Mom!) We did get a free dinner out of it, and she was awarded extra ice cream - and she asked if she could get head stuck again.
On that same trip, she ran ahead of us as we juggled the other three kids, the diaper bag, the stroller and the cooler - and jumped into the hotel elevator, hitting all of the buttons INCLUDING THE ALARM - and waved happily at me as the doors closed on her. (Luckily, I was able to stick my arm right between the doors before they closed - they pinched a bit, and she grabbed my fingers to play with them - but the doors *did* open and the heart attack was narrowly averted. The fire department did show up, thanks to the alarm, and while my husband and I were very, very embarrassed and felt like horrible parents - my kid, of course, thought it fantastic.
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