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Thursday, October 7, 2010

At the car wash.

Last night I had the bright idea to bring Anna with us to wash the car.  Being the lazy people we are, we go through the automatic car wash because that’s the easiest way to get your car to shine with the least amount of effort.

In my mind, Anna would squeal and clap and giggle each time the little flappy things came across the window.  What’s not to love?  There are lots of loud, scary noises, a hose shoots water and colored soap at your window at high rates of speed, then you can’t see out your windows and the claustrophobia starts to set in, the power blower shakes your car and makes it sound like you’re in the midst of a tornado.  This is all fun stuff for a 2 year old with a fear of the unknown, right? 

Big fat fail.

From the moment the car wash started, we were in for 4 minutes of pure hell and terror.  And now probably 30 years of follow-up therapy to un-do the damage we inflicted on our child. 

As each new cycle began, Anna became more and more hysterical.  I sat in the back seat holding her hands and assuring her that everything was OK while Joe sat in the front shaking his head and probably thinking that I’m mom of the year for even suggesting this fun family outing.

So, moms and dads, think before you leap here.  Maybe Anna is just a special case, but I do believe that taking a two year old to a loud, automatic car wash is as smart as building your house on the edge of an eroding cliff. 


MSLibLady said...

We took my son through and he loved it! Must be a boy thing!

CFO said...

Yes, Sydney had the exact same reaction. We will not be doing it again... ;)

Joyce said...

awww it's ok u meant well :)

Anonymous said...

I love you Natalie, I do. I laughed out loud because this is exactly something I would think and do. She'll get over it, and hopefully your ears will too. -Marcia

Nichole said...

Oh son is terrified of it as well, he knows what the car wash looks like and as soon as we pull towards it he starts crying. It's horrible.

mandie lane said...

Oh, Anna. Those two year olds are so unpredictable. Pretty funny tale, but only because it didn't happen to me.

Mandy said...

Oh poor Anna, and poor mom and dad! I don't know whether to giggle or give you a big hug. We've never done this with the boys and I think we never will now!

Stacey said...

I took our dog through one once. He was completely terrified too and couldn't get far enough away. He eventually hid shaking on the floor of the front passenger side "under" (he's a lab) the dashboard. That's all the coverage he could get!

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