While grocery shopping, I try to include Atticus as much as I can so he doesn’t get bored. He rides in the front of the cart these days because it’s getting hard for me to squat down to reach the lower shelves. He still rides on my back for short grocery trips.
Back to the subject: Yesterday I thought he might like to hold a butternut squash. I handed him one and then turned around the pick up a second one. While my back was to him, I heard a strange thud and that metal shopping cart vibration sound. Thinking that the first squash and slid out of his hands and landed in the seat next to him, I turned around and handed him the second one.
That’s what I saw his new Winter Olympic event! We’ve since named it Over-The Should-Butternut-Squash-Toss. Yup, my kid totally threw the squash over his shoulder so it’d land in the main section of the cart!
The second toss was followed by a “YAY!!!” and lots of hand clapping. I’m pretty sure anyone passers-by thought I was crazy letting my child throw around fresh produce. Hey, it’s not like we are talking about eggs here.
He obviously thought it was entertaining and I like an well entertained kid when there is a monotonous task at hand. So what did I do? Rearrange the cart and let him “help” the whole rest of the trip. I showed him how to twist around a bit so he’d at least have some control over the landing. Eggs and other super breakables were handled by me. When you are a vegetarian who tries to avoid processed food, you shopping cart is pretty much filled with dried fruit, cans of beans, and Sunbutter anyway. Nothing overly breakable.