This photograph has been shared now a few times on Instagram and I just wanted to share the memory that I have with this photo. Although this photo looks like we are all having a wonderful time, which we were, there was a meltdown right after this. My son had been sitting on my husbands shoulders for most of the night. My husband held his ankles fairly tightly to make sure he was sitting upright and wouldn't fall backwards, but that’s a really awkward position to sit in. My son wasn’t sitting on his butt more like his hamstrings. My son finally wanted to walk the rest of the way through the zoo (they have a big light display at the Folsom zoo during the holidays).
When he got down he had a hard time walking. He looked a little drunk, then he just started crying. He said his feet hurt and itched. He kept grabbing at his shoes trying to take them off. At the same time the entire family, including my mom and step dad, were all trying to comfort him. He was a little overwhelmed to say the least. I took off his shoes to see what was wrong with his feet. By this time he was sitting on the ground, tears flowing and screaming at the top of his lungs. People were not only staring, but stopping to see what was wrong. Still we didn’t know, just something with his feet.
Finally, it dawned on us that he had lost feeling in his feet and it was starting to come back. He got that prickly feeling and didn’t like it at all. It was the first time he had ever felt it. In that instance I realized that there are so many situations kids experience for the first time that I don’t remember or I take them for granted as an adult. I don’t remember the first time this happened to me and when it does happen I just deal with it and move on. When your kid experiences it for the first time it’s surprising and upsetting to them. After we figured out what he was experiencing I sat there and rubbed his feet until he felt better. The screaming subsided, then suddenly he wanted his shoes back on. He popped up and ran down the sidewalk to the next exhibit as if none of it ever happened.