Monday, March 06, 2017

Monday

A misty cloudy sultry day. Not warm, but warmer. Not sunny but wind filled. What can you make of it? What can you do with it?

We talk about our plans for this week. Ed is playing hard-to-get with my morning photo and so I move my camera away from his presence and focus on the flowers. It's the kind of day when you need to focus on whatever flowers you may have inside. (He then of course places himself right in the thick of things. As Snowdrop would say -- oh that ahah!)


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It seems that we have finally caught an opossum in the barn. But is this the predator that has been stalking the coop? Who knows. I do note that the cheepers are much more content to hang around the barn today. As if they feel safer now. (Except for Java, who wanders over to the farmhouse and then complains bitterly that the other girls didn't tag along. I pick her up in her befuddled lonely state and carry her back to the barn.)


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I'm not quite sure how to treat the afternoon with Snowdrop. It's warm, damp, windy... I give her some choices and let her take the lead.
We can go to the bakery, or to the coffee shop, or to the playground, or for a walk, or we can go adventuring! What would you like?
She hesitates. Too many choices perhaps... Let me try again.
Coffee shop? A walk?
No! Venturing!

Oh, how well I remember our adventuring when she was way younger! We would explore the world! And so we do just that today: we explore. We hunt flowers (finding the occasional snowdrop). We analyze yard decorations. We watch the children climb the school buses parked by the big elementary school.

We end up by the distant coffee shop and by now she is ready for a snack. I take a photo of us on a self timer because I notice that by coincidence, we are both wearing plaid shirts. Rare for her and rare for me!



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At home, Ed takes over the camera, offering more evidence that the world can be bright and colorful and plaid, even on a sultry March day. Is it coincidence that Snowdrop runs toward the stack of recently read books and picks out the one about a girl who loves her plaid shirt?



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We read it three times!


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She is full of good cheer today and she really pushes nap time to its outer limits. Well, what's more important -- music or rest??


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Eventually, to her dismay, nap wins. And I'll leave you with a post nap photo, because it's sleepy and sweet and gentle. All that I think is so good about this day.


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1 comment:

  1. Snowdrop makes me smile! and she makes me miss my little one! My morning reading routine is: ...NYT... Ocean & look at latest pics & videos of my little crocus. A mentally healthy way to turn my attention from the woes of that white house.

    You've reminded me of a little trick someone told me 30+ years ago: it works best, of course, to offer children a choice, but if there is one you wish them to choose, say that option last. It generally works :) Until, of course, they get wise to that. A preschooler will give you a knowing look if you try to maneuver them. And good for them :)

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