The little hand sanitizer pump at the entrance is little comfort when you see snotty nosed, barefoot, ragamuffins wiping their snot on the walls of the slide and coughing all over the place. Not to mention the abandoned food found throughout the tunnels, cubbyholes, and fort areas. What parent can really catch a kid running up there armed with french fries and a mouth full of cheese burger?
I certainly can't fit up those pipes? And would I even want to? I think in this case ignorance is bliss... If I really knew what was up there, I am sure I would have nightmares for at least a week. Ben went up there once when Sam was a little guy and was stuck at the top. When he came down he was mortified at what lurked at the top of the side and swore up and down some kid took a dump and painted the walls of the slide.
Yeah, better I not know.
It's been a few months since I took the kiddos there for breakfast. That's when we like to go, because it is fairly clean and fewer other kids around. I feel a little more relaxed at this particular location... it is worth the 15 minute drive for a little piece of mind.
The boys were so good this morning, I told them we could go for a special treat. So off we went.
We were the only ones there and it was great! I let the kids get their wiggles out while I sipped on a Diet Coke... I know naughty me, but I was craving one big time! Anyway, all was good until we were just about to leave when Nephi emerged from the slide sipping what looked like a root beer. My first thought was "How did he get that drink past me to sneak it up there" -- I am very strict about NOT taking food or drinks in the play place.
Then it hit me.
I didn't get the kids soda.
I got them milk.
Like a banshee I flew at him and the snatched the offending soda.
As I ran to the trashcan, I tried really hard not to think about how long that soda was up there... or who it's last owner was... or how many kids had taken sips... or other nasty thoughts.
But they came anyway.
It made me retch.
It was almost as bad as when Sam came off the school bus chewing gum he found on the bottom of the seat.... almost...
Let's just say that McDonald's isn't an option for at least a month.