Posted by: heartfull | October 3, 2008

Chip’s Friends

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.



  1. I think the other night, when you took MG to practice while he had wandered over to the neighbors, he finally understood that he should tell us when he decides to go. He was truly devastated when I went to get him and you weren’t home. I said “Mom looked for you before she left Chip, but you were gone and you didn’t tell us where you were going.”

  2. Wow…. I would be torn between glad he had friends and was playing somewhere and omg how could he go by himself??! Hope he soon learns to ask permission!

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