I could feel the blood rushing to my head. I knew I was the center of attention, the main attraction, the one that would help speed up the waiting time.
I pulled his pants up. He roared at me. He bit down hard on his own chubby thumb. I tried to calm him. “Shh, shhh it’s ok buddy” I stretched my arms around him.
I could hear the ‘tutts’.
“No, no buddy” I tried to sound like I was in control. I obviously was not in control but neither was he. He cried as I picked him up.
I sat away from the ones I thought he could hurt. There was no vacant seat away from them all, which would have been the ideal place to sit.
“Shhh...shhh” I gently rocked him on my lap. I could feel my heartbeat stabilise as he grew quiet. “Shh...shhh” I whispered in his ear.
“Mammy here, mammys got you” I kissed his head. He sat still whimpering on my chest. “You’re a good boy, I love you” I reassured him.
“A good boy!” Her voice rang in my ears. She rolled her eyes as I looked at her.
I took a deep breath. I could feel him beginning to move. I had nothing to keep him calm.
“Leg me go” he roared as his legs lifted up high into the air. I let him go. He ran. I followed, apologising to those he shoved out of his way.
The receptionist shook her head.
“Will we be waiting much longer?” I looked at her while holding the sleeve of his jacket.
“A little while yet” she answered while a bemused look ran across her face.
I sighed, berating myself for not having my phone fully charged.
He was young.
“Excuse me” he tapped my shoulder while I struggled to hold my boy still.
I looked at him in shock.
“I’ve it loaded up already. I could hear it was the Simpsons he was enjoying” he smiled at me.
I wanted to cry.
I wanted to let go of my boy and give this young boy a huge hug.
My lip wobbled.
I swallowed hard. “Thank you” I whispered as I took his phone.
My son quickly calmed down as we both sat on the floor watching the Simpsons. He laughed and repeated “Homer” over and over.
I glanced around the room, trying to see who was with this young boy. My eyes fixed on his, I said as loud as I could for all to hear,
I smiled at her too.
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