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16 May 2012 @ 12:43 am
This evening Liz was working on a messy project and needed to keep Miss Em away from it. I thought I could keep her busy "picking flowers" (weeding Creeping Charley). Alas, no dice. She "picked" a few flowers, but then the siren call of stain and "helping" was too much, so we went on a little walk far away from mommy's 'ject. She's at a great age where her little mind is so inquisitive and acquisitive. We talked about how one crosses the street, the differences between doggie statues and live doggies, what different sounds were, and why birdies fly but chipmunks don't...

We ended up at the little park a couple blocks from my house, where there is a little wild conservation area and a playground. We had a good time hopping on the swaying bridge, swinging on the swing set, sliding down the slides, watching a doggie playing fetch with his daddy, and investigating the edges of the woods. Playing in wild spaces like the conservation area was one of the highlights of my childhood and I can't wait until she's older to take her into the woods and introduce her to that world of wood and green magic... It's nice to have some little person to show these things that I'd hoped to share with a daughter.  
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
JinglyMushroomjinglymushroom on May 16th, 2012 05:56 am (UTC)
I thought chipmunks flew, too... under special circumstances. :P
eithni: darkladyeithni on May 16th, 2012 06:29 am (UTC)
Oh yes, and catapaults were part of an earlier discussion (involving applesauce at that juncture), but that is not something we encourage in the toddler. Your brother knows the importance of getting consent from the subject before enacting test flights on other mammals - as clever as she is, I'm pretty sure Em does not understand consent yet. ;D
Aaron (Rusty) Lloydrustmon on May 16th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
*HUG* some would say it takes a village to raise a child with good values and experiences - and you are a large part of that for her.
Gwynethgwyneth1362 on May 17th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
Last weekend I answered a question that a friend's child asked, which was addressed to "Mom." I instantly apologized, as she was sitting right next to me and I felt bad.

She said "It's okay - you can answer mom questions. I believe in that whole 'village' thing - I just want to pick the villagers."

You're totally one of my villagers, too.
Gwynethgwyneth1362 on May 17th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Hugs.
I do, however, understand that it's not the same. I have the same bittersweet about some parts of my life not happening differently.