The crowd was hushed and the lights were dimmed. The audience waited in eager anticipation. You could almost feel the electricity of excitement in the room.
A spotlight hits the stage and there’s Anna.
I’m standing stage left holding my breath. This is her big moment. The pentacle of her achievement so far.
Anna takes her first step forward. You can hear the choir of angles start to sing in almost inaudible quietness. Each step she takes the crescendo grows.
As she crosses the stage, another spotlight slowly comes up. This one is on a trash can at the opposite side of the stage from her.
She’s at the halfway point. My heart is aflutter. Will she remember what to do? Is she ready? Am I a good enough mom to make this work? Silly questions of course, but they pass through my head anyway. Of course this is the right time! This is what she needs to be doing, not for me, but for her!
Anna approaches the trashcan. Package in hand, and looks down at it.
The package is the remainder of the diapers we have on the boat, and this is her chance of declaration of freedom from them.
The crescendo of angel choir reaches it’s peak as Anna stands next to the trash can. Then all fall silent.
The only sound in the room I can hear is the pounding of my heart. You could hear a pin drop from across the room.
Anna looks back at me, and I smile and nod reassurance. She then tosses the diapers into the trashcan.
The audience is on it’s feet in a roar of standing ovation.
She’s done it! From this time on, we face the world diaperless. Flowers fall from the heavens filling the stage in appreciation. The crowd still on it’s feet shouting out her name.
“Anna! Anna! Anna!”
I rush out onto the stage ans sweep her into my arms with a big hug.
“I’m so proud of you”
Ok, maybe that’s not exactly how it happened, but that’s what it felt like. Perhaps it was just me, Anna and her daddy in the room, (her sisters and grandfather being out of town for the summer), but that was all the audience we needed to make it feel like a big event.
Anna throwing out her diapers was our way of making a statement to her, to us and to the world that there was no turning back! We are on our way to a diaper-free toddler once and for all, even if we do have accidents on occasion.
Anna has taken the next step in potty-training and I couldn’t be more thrilled. We are once step closer to being ready for the big voyage, and I can’t wait to have the rest of the household come home and congratulate Anna on her big accomplishment!
Now that we’ve made the commitment, we just need to learn to avoid all the pitfalls and issues that may come up with accidents and back-slides.