I have to admit though, when the little kid fears come creeping into his big kid mind, it takes all my strength not to laugh. Yesterday I decided he was big enough for me to take the child safety lock device off the car. He's been wanting to open the door himself and I think he's a pretty responsible kid, so I flipped the switch and told him I did so. His brow furrowed and the color drained from his cheeks. His lip quivered and his eyes filled with tears. Then he wailed, "NOOOOOO!!!!"
When I asked him what was wrong, he just started yelling for me to change it back. I calmed him down and he was just doing that deep breath hiccuppy sniffle thing where he sucks air in. I asked him again what was wrong. In his most serious manner, or as serious as one can be with snot dripping from his nose, he asked me if the door can be opened while the car is still moving. I explained that it will only open if he pulls the latch so if he just doesn't touch the latch, the door will stay closed.
"Oh. So I just shouldn't touch it unless you tell me?"
"Yes. When the key is out and you're allowed to unbuckle your seat belt, then you can open the door. Otherwise, hands off."
"Oh." But the little wheels in his head were spinning, you could see it in his eyes.
A little while later, safely in the house and away from the car door, he asked me again if the door could open when the car was in motion. I explained the answer just as I did before.
When we got in the car to run an errand, I noticed he kept his hand neatly folded and away from the door. I might have giggled a little.
But when the car was stopped and the key was out and he unbuckled his belt and looked at me bright-eyed with a "Can I do it now?" look, he had no problem at all opening the door and jumping out like the big kid he is.
Now I just need to teach him to shut it before he runs to the front door.
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