I'm at the doctor's office and I hate going to the doctor! How about the kids? What are their opinions on doctor's appointments? Can we get an Elisa and Ollie doctor visit?!?!?!
Well, like most little kids, Elisa and Ollie are not all too fond of the doctor’s office, because the doctor’s equals one thing in their little minds: shots.
Elisa cries every time that she gets a shot all the way up until kindergarten, when she decides that she needs to be brave for her pre-elementary school vaccinations since she’s apparently a big girl now, daddies", what with going to kindergarten and all.
Sweet Ollie baby is not quite that way, though.
He tries so hard to be brave, just like his big sister told him she was when she got her kindergarten shots, but they just pinch so bad.
Sonny and Rafael are on either side of him, one of their hands placed in each of his, and they tell him to squeeze hard whenever it hurts and to try and focus on daddies instead of the shots.
He tucks himself into Rafael’s chest as soon as the nurse is done, hiding his tears in papi’s chest on the way out so that no one else can see that he wasn’t brave (and he’s definitely not telling ‘Lisa when she gets home from school that he wasn’t brave, either).
Once they go to pay at the front desk, Sonny is tickling his arm a little bit, asking his little boy if he wants a lollipop from the nice lady behind the desk. Ollie shakes his head firmly no, but the woman pipes up and says, “Why not? We give one to all of the brave boys and girls after they’ve gotten their shots!”
But Ollie, he just looks straight at her, lifting his head from Rafael’s chest to say, “I’m not brave! I cried! Brave boys don’t cry!”
Oh, and if that doesn’t break Sonny and Rafael’s hearts.
Rafael tries to stroke his hair soothingly as Sonny looks at him and says, “Who told you that brave boys don’t cry? ‘Cause I got news for you, buddy, I cry all the time. And you think I’m brave, right?”
Well, that right there just blows Ollie’s little mind, because he’s never seen daddy cry before?! Only once when they were watching “Wall-E”, but that’s because daddy was sad, not scared like him.
So Ollie turns his eyes on Rafael and asks, “Do you cry sometimes, too, daddy?”
Rafael nods, leaning down to kiss his little boy’s forehead before saying, “Of course I do, Ollie. Crying doesn’t make you any less brave. You’re brave because you went in and faced your fear of the doctor. That makes you so, so brave, buddy.”
Ollie happily takes his lollipop after that.