Anyone who knows my oldest knows that he is extremely shy. He wasn't always this bad but as he has gotten older it seems to be getting worse. When strangers talk to him he usually puts his head down and smiles and doesn't reply. Sometimes he is even that way with with people he does know.
Well, last week once again we went to family camp in Arkansas. We had a blast, especially the kids. One evening we decided to go to Hot Springs to check my email and get a bite to eat. We had to go to the main building of the camp to sign up for the next day activities before we left.
We had signed up for the next day actives and we were walking out the door when we realized that my oldest wasn't with us. About two minutes later he flew (and I mean flew) out the front door. I figured he thought we had left him. We went back to our cabin to get our stuff to go to town when he started.
He seemed really nervous and very antsy. He said, "Mom, I got to tell you something that happened." I said, "ok, what?" He said, "never mind I will tell you in the car." So I said, "no tell me now." This went on for about five minutes until I demanded him tell me what happened. I was getting nervous now because he seemed terrified. I was thinking the worst, did someone say something to him, did someone hurt him?
Then finally he spit it out. "I thought he was dad," he finally said. I was confused. Then after the mumbling I finally made out what he was trying to say. Apparently he thought one of the staff was his dad from behind and he went up to him and hugged him. The guy was sitting where we usually sit and my son was playing with his friends so he wasn't paying attention to where we were. When the guy said, "hey buddy." He realized that it wasn't his dad and proceeded in flight mode.
He was crying saying he was so embarrassed. I explained to him that the staff work with kids all summer long and are used to that. He wanted me to go explain to the staff what happened but he didn't remember who he hugged he left so fast he never saw the guys face.
I couldn't help but laugh, it was too funny. I am guilty of teasing him about it for the rest of the time we were there. At first he would be upset but after a few days he just laughed it off. I told him to go hug one of our friends that was there so that they would just think he was a hugger. Of course he said no to that.
These kids always keep me laughing. What to do with them??