It's funny how once becoming a parent, you start to "see" things a whole lot differently and couple dat wit being an OCD WWD! magnet, you can only imagine how much dat grows exponentially.
Long ago I was told by a parent of four dat once da numbah of keiki is greater than da numbah of parents, you're in trouble cause simply put, they outnumbah you.
On Sunday, Da Baby needed a long ovah due haircut and Da Keiki noticed a McDonald's playground. Hmmm, guess which one I ended up at?
Dis is one of those times dat having two parents is a blessing cause Da Wife took Da Baby to get his haircut and I took Da Keiki to da air conditioned two and a half story playground.
Once inside, I immediately start thinking about my hannah-battah days and how we used to play on steel and wood structures in 100 degree sweltering heat drinking from watevah watah hose we could find then going back to running through red dirt patches while dodging pokey land mines.
At least das wat I'm telling Da Keiki wen she gets older to appreciate playing on ginormous structures like dis.....
Holy Guacamole! I couldn't believe da size of dis apparatus and having it air conditioned as well! Da Keiki went nuts so aftah laying a few grounds rules, she was let loose.
I found an open seat, whipped out my smartphone and started to take pictures of Da Keiki running around. Once I got a few good ones and Da Keiki looked comfortable out there, habitually I started da usual "I'm alone in my own little world" of checking email, returning text and playing a few games but caught of glimpse of dis......
Not a one even checking in with their own keiki as they ran, jumped and reenacted their little Lord of the Flies society of who gets to go first.
Wassup Wit Dat!
They were all so glued to watevah was on their precious screen - or da morning paper - dat unless there was a scream, they weren't about to avert their eyes to take a break in watevah game or app they were in. Like having a shot of Crown Royal, I snapped out of it and told myself to pay attention to da reason why we were there - besides a quick check to incoming texts, I was glued to Da Keiki.
It was da funniest thing dat once da wahine in front of me started to put her phone away, her kids came up running to her as if on cue dat she was pau and it was time to go.
As I watched Da Keiki master her monkey skills and make new friends, I noticed da plentiful of padding surrounding practically every piece of pipe but wat was peculiar about dat padding was how it was being held about - by zip ties!
For those who have worked/used zip ties know dat wen da left ovah strip is cut off, wat's left is a pretty sharp edge thus it's usually either turned away from an exposed area or even taped to prevent scratching or cutting watvah it may come in contact with.
Da structure has been there forevah and I guess by luck no kids have had any serious injury oddawise I'm surah it would have been changed out to something safe like hmmmm, maybe velcro???
But then again, I put my smartphone down.