Is it possible to love your child even more than the day before? This morning I took Sam to a new play place called Happy Faces. It’s the first time that I have taken Sam to a formal “class” just for him. As the second child he’s been brought along for a very Ella-centered schedule. Sam knows no different but he’s rarely had the chance to shine on his own and have mine or Mark’s undivided attention somewhere other than home. Bad Mummy eh?
Well, today I began what will hopefully be a great adventure which will introduce Sam to new things and people and places and help shape his social development along with his fairly impressive physical development. Happy Faces is a play place in the village next to ours. They moved into what was an abandoned and neglected pub and restaurant. As we drive past it on many a car journey, I have watched it develop into a very popular and well attended place. It’s not a soft play place where you send your children into a cacophony of primary coloured padded mats and wait for the first shriek or shout to signal distress or trouble. At Happy Faces you stay with your child for a 75 minute session of free play amidst a plethora of play things and the odd primary coloured padded mat. There is a craft station, a messy play station and a wonderful outdoor area complete with water play, cars, balls, a sand pit and climbing frames.
Happy Faces is a child’s wonderland, simply put and I am just sorry that I didn’t take Sam sooner! Watching him explore this new environment, seeing the wheels turning in his head, observing his glee and excitement…well, I just swelled with pride and felt so grateful that I could share this moment with Sam. It sounds silly but I was just bursting with love for my little man as I watched him find his way. Sam didn’t interact too much with the other children but it was a smallish group so every child had their fair share of the space. The instructor/owner interacted with Sam very positively and learned about him and our family through simple questions. I know most of the people there today have been there before and probably for quite a while before us but that didn’t matter. Everyone was kind, although not overly nosey or friendly. I enjoyed the time to focus solely on Sam (and taking a few pictures as well) and not have to worry about setting things up, put things away or tidy up. We will be back next week, Happy Faces. Thank you for making a very Happy Sam and Happy Mummy.
My only question is, “Why didn’t we do this sooner??”