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Crying Before You Need To

One thing my youngest daughter particularly hates is the sun shining through the van window and directly into her face. We have a shade on the window to keep this from happening, but from time to time the position of the sun is just right to allow some rays to sneak through. When this happens, she’ll try to move her head side-to-side to get out of the way, but due to her size, and the angle of her car seat, this only goes so far, and often she’ll end up crying.

Given the rhythm of our week, my wife and the kids often wind up on certain roads at similar times of day each week. And there’s one intersection and following stretch of road they tend to hit during the time of day when the sun is at the perfect angle to make it through the van window and into my daughter’s face. It’s happened enough times, in fact, that my daughter has picked up on the pattern. So now, anytime she realizes she’s going through that intersection, she’ll often just start to cry, since she remembers what’s happened before.

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