The sounds of happy children waft toward me as I walk into the children’s museum to pick up my 5-year-old son after a class field trip. I find him with the other students in the lobby, listening to their teacher read a story as they wait for the parents to arrive. Henry’s voice tears through the sweet atmosphere as he spots me, screams and melts down in front of his classmates.
Earlier, the entire class had ridden the city bus to the museum, and Henry wants to return in the same manner. No amount of consoling is going to fix this. Somehow, his teachers and I failed to prepare him adequately for this part of the day. A spotlight seems to be on the two of us as he continues to melt down. I feel the stares sear into my back.
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