|Little guy the escape artist|
An hour or so later he arrived back with a package in his hand FROM THE 100 YEN SHOP. Oh my god, I nearly died, he had walked in the half dark all the way to the train station 100 yen shop! BY HIMSELF! As you know I have struggled with 'helicopter parenting', have tried my best to be 'a free-range parent' but this shocked me. He's only six after all and a terror on the streets. My rule of walking carefully and calmly falls on deaf ears, he runs across the road with his eyes closed most of the time. It's a good fifteen minute walk to our station for an adult, several roads to cross and a busy street. I cringe to think of it.
So what was he so desperate to buy? Pellets for a BB Gun that some kind friend bestowed upon him. And a bottle of Fanta. Really. My stance on no soft-drinks for kids and no guns or violent toys? He missed that memo.
I guess all I can say is I am glad he was wearing a jacket.
(The picture above is from earlier in the year when we were in New Zealand. I should have been suspicious when he took his bag and wallet yesterday!)