We went to Zoo Miami today. Our RV resort is right next to it. I hate going to the zoos or to public places such as museums or amusement parks. I know, I’m weird. I don’t do well in public places, especially with a crowd, because of my anxiety relating to vertigo attacks. So, the fact that I actually took the boys, solo, to the zoo today is considered a feat.
The best part is? We had a good time, including myself.
And of course, with the life I get, there’s never a moment that is without drama.
At one point, near the end of our zoo day- after walking for over 4 miles, we sat back and chilled at this tunnel that was under the water. It was a beautiful spot to completely collapse and soak in the sunlight.
We were relaxed and all of the sudden, Oisin started doing the shit dance, you know, the kind where he gotta go NOW, like STAT.
I was extremely annoyed because not 10 minutes before, I went to the restroom and told the boys to PLEASE go now so we could enjoy the tunnel and then the monorail. They all insisted that they didn’t need to go.
So, I was already lying down in the tunnel (it was small, you’d have to crawl) and completely comfortable. I told him, “are you kidding me?! You’re gonna have to wait!!!!”
And Oisin being Oisin, he bolted. He just fled the tunnel and ran out. I watched him run towards the wrong way (the tunnel was clear and you could see everything) and then run like a maniac into the right direction.
“Fuck,” I thought. I told the boys to stay there and I’d need to crawl out and to follow Oisin to the bathroom. I crawled out and to my dismay, the restroom closest to us was closed due to construction and now, I had ZERO idea which way Oisin went (there were three different paths).
I returned and informed the boys that Oisin is somewhere and I needed to go and find him. Eitan’s anxiety kicked in full force and he wouldn’t let me go. I explained to him that he and Aidan needed to STAY in the same spot in case I missed Oisin.
It became a battle of Eitan wanting to go with me and me telling him to stay and Aidan refusing to stay because he wanted Eitan to be with him. More than 10 minutes passed and I started panicking. I told Eitan, please!!! Just STAY!!!! I pointed to the building where I assumed Oisin was at and said, “trust me, I will be back in 5 minutes or less.”
“No!” He proceeded to follow me. The zoo was empty, seriously, literally ZERO people around and I, in my complete frustration, yelled. I told him that this was an emergency and I had to go and find Oisin.
Few more minutes of me yelling at Eitan and Eitan finally relented because I started crying. I told him that Oisin’s “missing” is more important than your anxiety and I stormed away. I looked everywhere and I couldn’t find Oisin.
I returned back in 5 minutes as I promised and Oisin was still missing. It was over 15 minutes already. As I realized Oisin wasn’t with them at the tunnel, I turned around and found him slowly, without a care, walking back towards us, with a happy content smile on his face.
He said, “bad news, I crapped in my underwear- but good news, I have wads of tissues between my butt and the underwear.”
I was livid. Seriously livid. Both at Oisin and Eitan. I made Oisin go back to the bathroom to throw away the underwear and I turned to Eitan and said, “I am SO disappointed in you. It was an emergency situation and you made it about you.”
We all proceeded to walk to the monorail instead of going home because I already paid for the ride. Envision a walking line of a happy underwearless boy, a pissed off mother, a sulking oldest son and a very relieved middle child, because he’s not the problem this time.
We got on the monorail, I was able to process everything and I apologized to Eitan saying that I understood his anxiety. However, I stood by my comments about him needing to trust me and to know the difference when it’s minor or an emergency.
I also was very proud of myself because I didn’t throw in the towel and ended the zoo trip on a sour note. I stuck through with it. As Oisin, Aidan and I were chatting away in the monorail, Eitan was in the corner, with an angry body posture. I waved to him to get his attention and said, “you have two choices, one… sulk and be angry for awhile or two… let it go and wrap up the day with a good feeling.”
He picked the latter. We all left the monorail (35 minutes later) in a happy mood and Oisin said, “this was a great day!!” Aidan chimed in, “yes! I love you mom!!” and Eitan? He took my hand and held it as we walked towards our car.
just a mother who fled from society's constraints and is super excited to wake up to the outdoors, remain braless daily and teach her boys the art of boredom and discovery.