Gavin (5) is in Kindergarten now. He seems rather appalled at the lack of snacks and refreshments offered by his new teacher, as when he pre-schooled with me, each completed assignment signified it was time for a break and snack! He also knows here, even if I put “special toys” away in the garage, he is free to find them and use them at will. He has often reported of Kindergarten: “There’s a lot of toys there, but I can’t play with them. It’s hard work.”
Guinivere (3) came over with her siblings the other night at 8:30 pm while her parents went to see Death Cab for Cutie. The others fell asleep at a reasonable little-kid time, while Guini danced and pranced about happily until 12:30 am. Not only is she a nightowl – she is an exhuberant night owl, full of joyful and loud talk!
Gemma (1) is such a petite and tiny thing, a person is sometimes surprised by how independent and wry she is. Even her orneriness is sweetened by the moments she runs up to me saying, “Hold me, hold me, hold me,” over and over as she reaches her skinny little arms around my neck and comes in close. And then she is off again like a flash. She can almost finish a popsicle drip free! At one!
Hunter (almost 4) is King of the Corn. He helped me till the ground in the little 4′ x 4′ square a few months back. He spread a little manure and he pushed the corn seeds in to the ground with his little finger. Whenever he came over, he’d water his corn field and became very delighted to see the corn pop up and grow to his knees and then his shoulders and then over his head. We have been getting corn for a couple of weeks. I think he likes the idea of touching and watering and playing with corn more than the eating it, but he’ll learn.
Averi (6 1/2 months) came over one night a couple of weeks ago with her hair in little ponytail “sprouts.” When Jovan took them out to get her in her jammies and all comfy for the night, at first her hair just stayed there – sprouted out. Then it began to come down into these side poofs which made her look like Princess Leia. Then for awhile she looked like Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura, but it was finally decided she looked most like the Mayor from Whoville. Whatever – we love her hair! AND she just got her first tooth a couple of days ago!
These are the 5 little monkeys who jump on my beds, my couches, off my counters, through my garden and into my heart.
Have I ever mentioned how happy I am to be a grandma?…Jeanie
NOTE TO SELF: Get a really good camera, for crying out loud.