As I stood squished between strangers, one dad of whom smelled of body odor, my oldest son asked, “Mom, how are you doing this? I can’t take it anymore. I have to go home.” We were in a cool local bookstore at a Harry Potter release party. It started at 10:30 pm and went until after 12:00 am, when the newest book was released. It was crowded, there were people dressed as the characters in the book waving their wands. My oldest son followed us to the bookstore in his car for a quick getaway.
I decided this could be a learning moment. I leaned in and said, “This is what a parent does for their children. We love them selflessly. Remember how much you loved trains when you were little?” His face lit up, “I still like trains!” I looked at him and said, “Do you know how many train videos I watched with you. I took you to train shows and played trains with you with a smile on my face. I didn’t like trains. I just love you.” He looked shocked that I didn’t like trains all this time. I smiled and said, “This is what a parent does, we love unconditionally.”
So, He left the bookstore after 40 minutes and I remained until after midnight for my child who loves Harry Potter because I love my child.