Today I went to surprise Austin at the Learning Center by visiting for afternoon snack and brought birthday cupcakes for all his buddies. I had such high hopes that it would be this great experience and a totally fun time. NOT SO MUCH! When I walked in the door Austin and his buddy F, pictured above, got excited and ran to get their coats. Usually when I walk in it's time to drive them home and so they naturally thought it was time to go. I told them to hang their coats back up, that it was not time to go, but we were going to have cupcakes. Austin cries "I don't want cupcakes, I go home!"
I hugged him and he burried his face into my shoulder and sobbed "I go home, I go home" We stayed like that for a while as the class gathered for rug time with a story and singing some songs. The story got F's mind off leaving so he stopped crying, but Austin continued to hug me and cry. After they sang a couple of songs he was finally ready to toughen up and join the group. They sang him happy birthday, then another birthday song, and then for he's a jolly good fellow.
He then led the class into the snack room where they had a piece of cheese and an orange and a half a cup of juice for each person. The kids washed their hands and sat down and I passed out the cupcakes. From there it was fun and I think Austin enjoyed having me there. After snack it was toy time, so Austin ran off with no problems, but F still wanted to leave with me. I felt so bad!