We use the subway almost daily, and I feel like we’ve got the basics down. Roan knows to duck under the turnstile (WHAT?! Look, I don’t really know at what point I’m going to feel like I should pay for him but likely that epiphany will happen when a Transit Cop or helpful Burgundy-Vested worker takes me to jail or gives me the stink-eye. Until then, you know – don’t see something, don’t say something!) Roan also knows the F track line better than most people, and I’d wager that if you pointed him to the F line from any point in the city, he could find his way home.
But would he?
Lately I’ve wondered what would happen if we did not stand clear of the closing doors in the same place. More specifically, if I was on one side and he were on the other. I wonder this because it happened to my sister and her daughter when they first moved here. My niece was around eight years old when it happened. An alert stranger who noticed the doors separate mother and child came to the rescue, and they were reunited shortly thereafter with the police’s help. I’m careful about keeping my boy near me but there have been times where Roan runs ahead, or otherwise escapes my grip. I know, shocking behavior for a five-year-old.
I feel it would be irresponsible of me not to talk to Roan about this – to give him some guidance about what to do if we get separated, but I’m not sure what to tell him. Any ideas?