There was a tiny visitor in our home for a week – an adorable replica of her Dada – a little 1 1/2 year old who has her Bubbe and Grandpa utterly smitten.
As her parents traveled the southeastern states for a wonderful road-trip week of re-connection, we traversed the roads back to parenthood with a sudden immersion into the world of the toddler.
The first lesson – do not disregard nap times! We may be the adults and we may be in charge of the schedule, but passing over the nap was such a painful experience come bedtime, oh my! Right back to the toddler schedule we went!
One of the interesting things I observed that week is the propensity for this little one to gravitate toward little girls things.
As a mom to boys, I have a good stock of toys that boys enjoy: cars, trucks, planes, boats, ninja turtles and the like. We’ve stocked plenty of girl things as the years have passed, to appease the nieces who visit.
So I set out an assemblage of age appropriate things – and her little self was smitten with the baby dolls and stuffed animals, and the purse!
Not that any of this matters. I just found it interesting, in a Bubbe sort of way.
Now that the time has passed, and work has resumed, and gardens have taken all of my home attentions, I look back on the week and smile.
That was the most amazing week of my life.
I’m glad her precious little self has her very precious Mama and Dada back within reach, and I just hope that this was the beginning of a family tradition.