When Troy was little, he had a 4th of July...mishap. You can read a little about it here. The whole time he was getting fixed up, he kept saying, "Poor Troy-boy. Troy-boy got hurt. Poor Troy-boy." It was so cute. And so very sad. It's kind of the story of his life, though.
One fast Sunday, Troy wanted to bear his testimony. I told him to go ahead and go up after the current person was done. There was another person waiting their turn on the stand. I had told him that once he gets up there to wait until the other people up there were done, but he didn't hear that part. As he was climbing the stairs, the person on the stand waiting his turn got up. Troy's little face just crumpled up, and he started crying and ran back down to our seat. I think he thought that that person cut in front of him or something. Again, just so sad, but so cute.
So Monday after Brock's homework was all done, the boys took off for their friend's house. Not two minutes later, I heard screaming and crying coming from outside. My initial thought was that one of them fell down and scraped a knee or something.
The two of them came bursting through the front door.
"MOM!!!! There was a BIG, SCARY dog, and it WANTED TO EAT US!!!"
"It was chasing us and tried to GET MY PANTS!!!"
My kids are a wee bit scared of dogs, of all sizes. I peeked out the front windows and looked up and down the road for a dog, big or small. I saw some neighbor kids out, who happen to have a dog.
"Was it so-and-so's dog?"
"NO!!!! It was a BIG SCARY DOG!!!!"
"Where was the dog at?"
They both pointed at the house on the corner.
"Well, let's just wait a few minutes, and maybe that dog will be somewhere else, and you can try walking over there again."
That's when Troy piped up: "But Mom, I lost my SHOE!"
Sure enough, Troy only had one shoe on.
Me: "You ran all the way home without your shoe on?"
Troy: "Well, the BIG SCARY DOG was chasing me and my shoe came off-" (bursts into tears) "-and so I just kept running."
I was trying not to laugh. Because it was just so cute. But it was just so sad, too. (Also, a little Cinderella-ish. Running out of the shoe and all.)
So I bundled up and started walking up and down the street, looking for a lost shoe. Shouldn't be too hard, right? I went up one side, and down the other. No shoe was to be seen.
I got back home, and asked Troy if he remembered where he lost his shoe, or which side of the road he was on. And of course, being 5, his story switched around. "It was in the road. It was over there in the yard. It was in our yard."
I sighed a big heavy mom sigh, and told him to get his boots on, we were going to go look for his shoe together. We went up, we went down, on our side of the road. Then we started to do the same thing on the other side of the road. We got close to the house with the dog. You know, the BIG SCARY dog. And Troy froze in his tracks.
"Mom, the dog is going to GET ME!" More tears. I assured him that the dog would not get him, and is probably really nice. He wouldn't budge, and was getting ready to bolt for our house again.
The big, scary dog was in his yard, doing scary things like RUNNING, and WAGGING HIS TAIL. He reminded me of the dog on Up, named Dug.
So instead we turned around and started looking the other way again.
A minute later, out comes a little boy, who Troy recognized as a kid from his kindergarten class. Because I'm a bad neighbor, I have no idea who lives where, or half of my neighbors' names. I suck like that.
But Troy knew him, and this little boy was carrying Troy's shoe. They met, and the boy said, "My dog took your shoe. Sorry." I nudged Troy with a "Tell him it's okay, and thanks for finding it." We went home, and Troy (and Brock) were no longer traumatized by the dog.
At least for now, until they dare venture to their friends' house again...DUN DUN DUNNNNN!