Last night’s trip to the mall was an embarrassment. Even Dad had a hard time with B. My oldest wanted to go to a few shops with her Christmas money. So we made it a (supposed to be) nice family outing. Dinner at Golden Corral and then the River Ridge Mall.
Even the restaurant thing kinda went downhill. But the mall trip was worse.
At the restaurant, he would barely sit in his seat, was boisterous and loud. He while in a happy mood at the time (which I AM thankful for) notably bothered certain surrounding customers with his “antics”. It was almost like the viewing of things to come. And that was the MILD part of the evening.
Like I said, the mall was FAR worse.
He was running around, trying to get (way) too far ahead of us, walking BACKWARDS or spinning as we walked in the semi-crowded areas of the mall.
As we were ending our night in Sears, where we had initially parked, anyways, it was BAD. Constantly handling things, running in to and hiding in racks, running off and “escaping” down in to other areas of the general area that I was at.
It got so bad in Sears, that at one point, I grabbed him by his shirt collar and held on for dear life. Of course then I was “choking” him and he was almost yelling for me to let go. I am SOOO thankful that barely a customer was in that area.
He also tried to go out the “merchandise pick up” door just off from the girls/baby section. And of course, I stayed there with him and the older one, who was still shopping as Dad took the younger one to use the toilet.
I honest cannot say what got in to him to be so freaking high strung. But good Lord, I was sure that someone was gonna call CPS on me for “man handling” my kid as a means to corral him.
Oh! And he almost knocked over a couple of displays or hit people as he walked backwards AND spinning. Both in Sears and in the mall area its self.
It was just a washout of an evening. All thanks to one kid and his actions. What was meant to be a NICE family outing, turned in to a chaotic nightmare for all (as in the two sisters and myself and Dad).