On a typical day the monkey has a great day at school, then he comes home and loses his mind!! That day was a typical day. After informing me he was going to keep his shoes on since we were going right back out, then standing in the doorway talking loudly about keeping his shoes on about how he wanted to go to the park right now because “I think my friends are there” (and naming off all his friends from school who we never see at the park, not his friends who we do see at the park!!), I finally told him to go play outside and we could go when I was done. So out the door he went slamming the door behind him.
Within 3 minutes I heard thunder. Within 8 min I saw one of my neighbors walking past our living room window. In another minute I heard loud banging on the kitchen door so I got up to check it out. Guess who was at the kitchen door, nope not our neighbor, it was the monkey - eyes wide in his head and saying "Mommy, I need someone with me...the thunder is scaring me." Curious, I had to find out the whole story so I asked "Why was Mr. Ken over at our house? Was he coming over to ask us something or did you catch him when he was outside?" (If there is ever a neighbor outside the Monkey always ambushes them!) And here's what my little boy said. He got scared when he heard the thunder but he knew he wasn't suppose to disturb the Munchkin while she was eating (which was why I sent him outside) and so instead of ringing the doorbell or knocking on the door to come in - he went to our neighbors house to tell them he was scared and locked out of the house (remember, he slammed the door on his way out...and our door is one that automatcially locks when shut). So our neighbor came over to help him get back in, the only thing is the Monkey told him he couldn't ring the doorbell or knock on the door either! So that greatly limited Mr. Ken's ability to help, but he did make sure the monkey got to the back of the house - when I suppose he had told him he could go in that way. Hence the loud pounding on the kitchen door! (I was internally laughing as I tried to keep a straight face because he was doing his best to not disturb the Munchkin...and he really did think that pounding loudly - to be heard - on the kitchen door wouldn't disturb her like knocking on or ringing the bell on the front door.)
I then explained, as I gave him a huge hug, that if he is ever locked out, and especially if he's scared he is ALWAYS suppose to knock or ring the doorbell.
I haven't seen our neighbor in a few days - so I haven't heard his side of the story - but I'm sure he was thinking "Those crazy Americans!" I hope he was laughing at the whole situation though, because we sure were...well not the Monkey, but you know.