Last week I said I would start posting my son & I’s Friday Filed Trip. I am off all day on Fridays and it is just my 3 year old and I and since I am homeschooling to back up the education he gets at daycare with the Teach My Preschooler at home, I want to make Friday a day off of lessons and have an outing or experience to teach my son a life lesson beyond the books.
So, this Friday I had planned on grocery shopping and was thinking of how I may incorporate the trip to the grocery store into a lesson when my husband called to say his Dad’s Lab’s (dog) ear had filled with another Hematoma. As a Veterinary Technician (in the past-I now work in human medicine) I know that since the hematoma surgery fails everytime, that if I go over and drain it and have him use the cleaner & meds and hot pack where I drain, that it seems to last for about 8-10 months and seems like it comes back again in a year or so. And he cannot afford the $600 ear surgery. So, off my son and I went with Betadine, syringes, and to pick up her meds at the vet.
Lesson of the day: Compassion!
When I stopped to buy more Betadine, I had my son pick out special treats for Daisy. He made his choice and proudly carried them to checkout. I handed him the bag to carry to the car. The ride their, I explained what we were doing to make Daisy’s sore on her ear feel better and mommy is trained to do it. When we got there, Anthony’s job was to feed her treats and talk nice and tell her it is OK. Afterwards, we all praised Daisy and I handed Anthony a ball and told him to go outside and play fetch to reward her being such a good girl. He gladly did that! So, not an ideal Friday scenario, but a lesson in compassion and praise nonetheless!