Every morning as we get to the top of the steps in front of my daughter’s daycare building, she rushes up to press the access button to open the door. Every morning we stand there patiently waiting for the door to slowly open. Every morning, at least one unfortunate parent and child arrive at just the wrong time for the child to be the one to push the access button. Every morning, at least one unfortunate parent ends up standing outside in the cold and rain, waiting for that door to slowly close so that their child can be the next to push the access button.
Every Saturday morning as we walk up to the rec centre for the kids’ swim lessons, they race over to the access button. If the door is already open, they linger, waiting to be the one to push the button. Sometimes we wait, with extreme impatience and counting down loudly, for the door to open and close for each of them as we head home after lessons.
And dare I mention elevators? It is an exercise in button management to ensure that each child gets a turn to push a button. A button to summon the elevator. A button to select the destination. A button to close the door. Some days it seems that there are just not enough buttons to go around.
I’d like to know, what buttons are your children pushing?!