Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Scaling sloped ladders

Little Elvis had a big weekend. He almost made me cry with pride at the afternoon festival.

There was a little bouncy house. Adults certainly couldn't go in, not even if they wanted to. It had a bouncy area, and then a sloped ladder like thing that led to a big slide. Mainly bigger kids were playing in it.

Still, Little Elvis gave it a go. At first he just tried to smuggle the three soccer balls out, with Mommy's help. Once he realized that wasn't working, he went and inspected the sloped ladder.

Little Elvis doesn't do ladders. He's great at stairs and steps, but ladders are a pain.

It was no surprise when he lost interest as the bigger kids climbed over him. But he kept going back to the ladder. I'm guessing he was gathering up the will to climb the fairly tall ladder.

Then, with lots of bigger kids all around him, he began to climb. It took him a while, but even with the other kids trying to leap over him and crawl around him, he stuck with it. By the time he got to the top of the slide and poked his smiling face around, he had a cheering section of me and three dads.

He slid down happily, and went right back in to climb that tall sloped ladder again. Still, with bigger kids impatiently "waiting" on him. During the beginning of the climb, I ran to get Bob (he with the cameras) so he could watch Little Elvis scale the sloped ladder.

Daddy didn't have time to get the camcorder out by the time he slid, and since Little Elvis felt he had now mastered the ladder, he refused to do it again.

No video or pictures, but I was just so proud of him. He didn't cry when the older kids were trying to climb around him (OK, push him out of the way.) He stuck to his guns. He had a goal, and he reached it. He was the youngest one using the slide at the time, and wasn't intimidated at all by the older kids.

What a big boy!

6 Comments:

Blogger lisa said...

We recently went to a local thing were they had a bounce house. We picked the one that only had one other kid in it, and let our little one go in. He was having a good time until three or four bigger kids decided to come in. One of the girls had a bag which ended up almost whacking my son in the head. I think he was a little freaked out at the time, but I think I was more freaked out. Good for brave Little Elvis, but good for brave Mommy too!

2:10 PM  
Blogger Ann(ie) said...

Good for little Elvis!! big boy is right! I love those moments!!

6:37 PM  
OpenID zerbert said...

Yay for Little Elvis! It's so hard to see them deal with hardships with other kids, I am really impressed he didn't mind the other kids pushing past him!

10:58 PM  
Blogger mpotter said...

that's great.
very persistent. very glad to know he wasn't intimidated.

this reminded me fondly of a cute (little) girl that i LOVED as one of my 1st grade students several years ago. she SO wanted to be able to climb at the big playground we went to occasionally, like her friends, but she was tiny. she tried every single time we went and by the end of the year was able to get down on her own! to see her pride was awesome.

i bet little elvis felt some of that.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Wow-what a brave one he is. Isabella still won't use bouncy house ladders, although she is getting better.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

What a big boy indeed!

9:05 PM  

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