Once upon a time, a lovely little girl came to visit her Great Aunt. The child was ecstatic about coming over to play. Auntie had fluffy puppies and lots of different toys and books. However, on this particular day, something strange had happened to the child. She was not her normal self. What evil had possessed her? I’ll break it to you gently…Sugar Rush.
I, the Great Aunt, was having a lovely Saturday hanging out with my niece and her daughter. No one else home, but us three females and the excitable dogs. Wee female (who is almost 3 years old) was running around chasing puppies or stealing their toys to get them to chase her. This would lead to an exhausted child and tired puppies later in the afternoon. After all the excitement with the bow-wows, the fur balls went for a nap and the happy toddler went running off to the playroom. All was well in the world.
Side note: My entertaining habits
Visitors to my humble abode will always be greeted with my big smile and some degree of food. It could be nibblies like chips, pretzels, or nuts. I could kick it up a notch and include crackers, kobasa (kielbasa?), and cheese. If you are an appetizer lover, then the whole day’s meals might include mozzarella sticks, jalapeño poppers, or even homemade pizzas. If children are my gracious guests, I am the person that “healthy” parents avoid. I like having chocolate for the kiddies and candy bracelets. These yummy chocolate covered pretzel sticks called Pocky! Ok, you get the idea. I’ll admit it. I want the kids who visit me to have fun and enjoy the sugary treats. My great niece was glad I did too.
After a spell in the playroom, mini niece came and grabbed one of the Pocky and started chomping down. “Mmmmmm, nummy,” she said, as her eyes sparkled with joy. I gave her a chocolate coin too. For lunch, there were grapes, strawberries, hot bread, kielbasa, cheese, fishies, and other crackers. A nice snack medley. After the fruit and veg, the little cherub snatched a few more Pocky sticks. I figured she looked thirsty so I gave her some watered-down apple juice. “Mmmmmm, nummy,” she said again. I was on a roll.
The playdate wore on and it was time for my wonderful guests to return home. We sat around for a bit so the bambino could chillax. I gave her a candy bracelet as a nice parting gift. She had never had one before. I showed her how to bite it off the elastic. So proud was she. Success! And what do you think I heard? “Mmmmmm, nummy.”
The clock struck two. Visiting hours were over. Time to pack up and head out. One more visit to the bathroom to empty the bladder before going home. Little one started whining as she sat on the edge of the toilet seat. Uh oh. Auntie to the rescue! I brought back a lovely board book called BooBoo. She sat there on the potty and mommy began reading about BooBoo the duckling. We waited to hear the tinkle in the water. What happened next was quite unexpected.
Mommy started reading, “and then BooBoo…” which trailed off because her daughter did the head butt move toward her mom and, through giggles, said, “ahhhh-Boo.” More giggles. A repeat of the head thrash and more, “ahhh-Boo.” Her rocking back and forth increased in speed. Mum warned her that if she kept it up she would fall into the toilet. Like a psychic prediction, her daughter’s butt hit the water as her head went back to prime for another head thrust.
We were evil adults. We laughed at her. She was displeased. Mommy salvaged her wet bum from the depths of the toilet bowl. We removed her wet t-shirt (while trying to stifle our laughter). “Ahhhh-Boo,” I said, leaning in to her. That got the giggles going again. Then she darted, naked, out of the bathroom and ran to the opposing wall. She slowly turned around to run back to us. Her legs weren’t working properly. The child was swaying side to side trying to walk a straight line. Our little cutie-pattootie was on an official sugar high. My niece looked at me and laughingly said, “she looks like a mini drunk.” Yes that was it!
A sugar rush very closely resembles someone in a drunken haze. Let’s compare:
Adult drunk on alcohol: Finds everything funny and laughs at everything. Will suddenly start crying. Loves to run around naked, if possible. Inability to walk a straight line. Holds the wall for support. Usually ends up in the bathroom to…let’s say…hug the bowl and eject booze from stomach.
Toddler drunk on sugar: Finds everything funny. Cries if falls, but can quickly forget pain because everything is funny. Runs around nude. Cannot run or walk a straight line. Runs to wall for support. Ends up in the bathroom (ok slight difference here) …to finish potty.
See? A lot of similarities.
In case you were wondering, our fairy tale has a happy ending. Great Auntie’s house of sugar treats is still standing. Chocolates and candies are ready to be given to visiting children. The sweetness will flow through their veins. They will run around and laugh hysterically; giddy with happiness. After the sugar rush ends and their super human powers abate, the crash will be large and the sleep will be deep. The sweet little, exhausted, sleeping cherubs.
Yes, all children who visit know that there will be chocolate and candy and juice…OH MY!
P.S. No old woman gets thrown into the oven (like the story with nasty little Hansel and Gretel). The oven is used only for good, like baking cupcakes and cookies. Now that’s a happy fairytale ending.