At the start of a carousel ride while at Gilroy Garden’s amusement park yesterday, three-year-old Alex decided at the last second that the horse he was on was too big (shortly after he’d said he wanted to be on the big one). I quickly placed him on a smaller horse. In the process, he lost his shoe. It bounced and landed on the ground a few feet (no pun intended) from the carousel. I told him we’d get it when the ride was over.
As the carousel began to spin, I pointed out where his mommy stood waving at him. Rather than look for her and wave back, he focused on his “lost” shoe. Every time he saw it as we went around, he waved and said, “Hi, shoe! Bye shoe!”