I can’t let my daughter put her car window down. Being in a car with her, period, is an experience all on it’s own. First she begs me for twenty minutes before we get into the car to let her ride on the floor in the back of my car. Just on the floor. I say no and she says, “It’s okay ‘cuz it’s a secret.” Still no. I finally get her in her car seat she tells me she has to take the seat belt off because the belt is hurting her entire body. Once we get through that dramatic fiasco, she begs me to roll down the window. I roll it down. You may ask yourself, why not give the child some fresh air, right? At first she looks super cute. She’s got this huge smile on her face, her hair is blowing in the wind, she looks so sweet and like a giddy puppy. Then she starts in with “Put the window down, Mommy.” “No, not down all the way, open it halfway.” “No, not halfway, just up enough so I can put my hand out.” Then she sticks her leg out.
The whole window being open turns into a nightmare and quite frankly dangerous as I can’t have her hanging her leg out the window, so I panic. I make a frustrated sound and say, “Oh sweetie, something’s happening to the window, oh no, look, it’s closing!” I’m so sorry, my love, it seems to have broken.
For the next five minutes, she keeps asking if the window is still broken and I say, “Yeah, honey, sorry,” and keep driving until we pull up to a red light where an elderly woman motions for me to roll down my window to ask me a question. If I open it to answer her then Sunny will know I was lying about the window or at worst think it has miraculously fixed itself so I decide that I just have to turn up my music and pretend I don’t notice this nice woman next to me now honking her horn trying to get my attention to ask me a question. Do I think she’s lost or needs directions? The point is I’ll never know because I’m just staring straight ahead as Sunny keeps staring at this woman who seems to be yelling toward our car. Tough luck, lady, I can’t help you, my window is broken.
I look at it as saving certain parts of her body. Hey, it works, and she’s safe.