i’m a jerk

July 29, 2008

as a parent do you ever accidentally set your kids up for major disappointment?  and then feel like a tool?  little girl zurcher, age 2, has been asking me for weeks to take her to a cubs game (how to brainwash children will be saved for a future post).  i’ve been telling her that i will take her, but have put off actually buying tickets.  yesterday i decided that i should actually buy the tickets before it’s too late.

i purchased two tickets for the cubs vs. the reds in cincy on september 7th.  it is an afternoon game and after the game kids get to run the bases.  also, it’s not long after her birthday so i can say it’s a birthday present.  so i’m pretty excited about it and when i go to pick her up at daycare, i tell her that i bought tickets.  now i’m stoked, she’s stoked, and ash is tired of hearing about it already.

i didn’t do a great job explaining it to the little two year old and apparently she thought we were going last night.  when we got home she ran upstairs and put on her cubs shirt, skirt, and hat.  she got all excited and asked me every minute for over an hour if i was going to take her to a cubs game.  finally she went up to ash, gave her a kiss, and told her goodbye, she’s going to the cubs game.  oops.  jerk dad didn’t explain very well that we aren’t going until september.  furthermore, we went to play outside for a while.  when it was time to go inside i told her we had to go inside so we could watch the cubs.  in my head i told her that we were going to watch the cubs on tv while we got ready for bed.  in her head she heard that dad was taking her to a cubs game, she had her gear on, and dad invited her inside to watch the cubs..WE’RE GOING TO THE CUBS GAME NOW!!!!

poor little girl zurcher.  she was sooooo sad when i had to explain to her that we weren’t going to the cubs game for 40 more days.  that didn’t go very well.  she has no concept of time yet.  she understands either now or never.  when i say we aren’t going now, that means never.  i printed out the view from our seats for the reds website and printed out a calendar of july, august, and september.  i expalined to her that we would cross out one box every day until it’s time to go to the cubs game. hopefully this will help her understand that it’s going to be a while yet, but we definately are going.  we taped the picture and the calendar up on her wall and will be checking it every day.  poor lgz.

i took a picture of her last night while she was sleeping.  no, i didn’t turn on her light, that’s just the flash.  she was so excited to be going to a game soon that she refused to take off her shirt and hat.

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