This morning Cam and I went on a new hike with my dad (Plunge Creek Truck Trail). I had told Cameron that it would just be a mild hike since it was my dad's first hike after he had surgery several weeks ago. However when we told him it was time to turn back, he became very sad as he was hoping we would do the whole route.
He didn't get angry, just emotional (tears in his eyes) and started walking ahead of us without talking. After a while, I pulled him aside and talked to him for a few minutes. After that, it only took a few more minutes for him to snap out of it and get back to his chatty, cheerful self. It reminded me of how far my boy has come. I recall many, many times when he was much younger in which he would slip into a funk that would last all afternoon. He was just unable to regulate his emotions very well.
When we got back into the car after dropping my dad off, I went on and on about how proud I was that he was able to change his attitude and perspective so quickly. We talked a lot about what a great life skill that was...to be able to take a negative situation and change his attitude and perspective on it. The hike was really fun, but that was my highlight. :)