Adventures at Target without the leash

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Ok most will find that an odd title, but those with autistic quiet as ninja runners know exactly what that means.

My sweet PA loves to go to Target (well so does her mom *smiling*), but rarely do I attempt this by my self. We truthfully I wasn't alone, but I decided to take her with me so my husband could look at toys and I would not have to worry about PA wanting something. I wanted to go look at cloths for PA & she loves to look at clothes, so I thought why not.

Started out fine....She stayed close and was easy to control. However when we passed in her words “ballerina dress” (a pink swim suit with a pink tutu) she liked, all bets were off. I didn’t have a very hard time getting her to hang it back on the rack., so I thought I dodged a meltdown. I did dodge the meltdown, but that’s where she started to show her “ninja skills” I was talking about. See she really knew she is suppose to stay with me, but when she sees something *shinny** as we say.. She can not help herself.

I turned around to look at something not even for 3 seconds turned back and she was gone.. Of course first thought is to call out for her, but with PA wouldn’t make any difference. See she is verbal, but will not answer unless she is looking at you and wants to acknowledge you.. So I thought real fast and remembered the “ballerina dress”. I made a b-line and sure enough she was standing there with the bathing suit dancing around.. It was a happy ending and I really didn’t have to go far to find her. Of course she got a talking to and had to sit in the basket for the remainder of the shopping trip, but reinforced to me the need of the leash when we go shopping.

As far as her ninja skills. Yes, she is truly that quiet not only when she is trying to escape. She is also has ninja skills when destroying a room. You never know until you walk in the room. Even though you have been in the next room for 2 minutes, but I will revisit her ninja skills in a later post..

I took this directly from my website blog post, because I did'nt want to write two LOL...
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    You are emoticon !! emoticon MarilynC.
    2662 days ago
    Oh you sure are brave,when our kids were little the thought of taking them all was one I avoided.I did take them out and go shopping,but not very many times.I can only imagine how scary that must have been when she was away from you.Your quick thinking,sure came in handy.I can remember using a child safe leash on our oldest daughter when we went to the county fair,it worked great.Us parents can never be safe enough these days,we have to be vigilant and oh so careful with our children and a close eye on them. emoticon emoticon Diana
    2663 days ago
    I use my blog post for my journal entry EVERY SINGLE TIME! I figure as long as I get some thoughts out once a day that is good enough. Seriously, I print out my SparkPeople blogs and tape them into my journal.
    You made me laugh out loud with "ninja skills". I have never heard it called that before, but that is a very apropos description. I have four year old twins who have some pretty impressive ninja skills of their own. Maybe our kids should get together and compare notes sometime. They could start a Toddler Ninja League.

    "Ninja skills" reminded me of a silly video my husband sent me years ago. I find pretty much anything NINJA universally funny, so this made me especially giggly.


    On a more serious note, kudos to you. I never, ever take my twins to Target when I am alone - NEVER! The grocery store, maybe. Target - Oh, h*ll no!

    You are my role model you brave, brave mommy.
    2663 days ago
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