Chip has made a friend. Lots of them, actually. The family directly behind us has four boys, ranging in age from 5 months to 11 years and Chip thinks they are “cool”.
Up until now our backyard fence has done a pretty good job of helping me to keep tabs on my boy. He may wander out of an open gate occasionally, but it takes him a while and it is fairly obvious when it does happen. But the lure of boys to play with has Chip making a beeline for the back gate, especially if he sees that his friends are jumping on their trampoline. Eventually, he follows the four year old into the house and gets to playing, which I have to admit, worries me. I mean, Chip isn’t exactly easy – I don’t want to annoy my neighbor by dumping my three year old on her – certainly a borderline age for play dates. Generally, though, the mom is ok with it. And Chip is in heaven – with four boys, their house is a bonanza for him.
Wednesday night we were getting dinner ready and all of a sudden I realized I hadn’t seen/heard Chip for a few minutes. We called, we searched, and then I told John to go check the neighbor’s. Sure enough, he was there. He had let himself out of the backdoor and walked over by himself. Yeah, I felt like Mom ‘o The Year when I realized he had been gone for at least fifteen as opposed to the “few” minutes my brain had registered. Honestly? I was just enjoying the peace and quiet.