Thursday, November 7, 2013
Life Lessons Month of November: Blog 2- Letters from Mom & Mimi
Because of your brother Will’s baptism, it has been a very busy past 2 weeks!
Your amazing and wonderful great-grandparents came for the blessed event! Grandmom Bubbles time of stay was the whole week before while Gigi’s and Pop’s was the whole week after!
And each made sure to give you equal attention time with Will. Honestly El, I think they really prefer to just sit and watch you in action because your creative originality is just that… unique! This week my blog idea came when Miss Trixie McAllister the waitress (aka- you), your Mommy, Gram Bubbles, Will, Violet the doll, and I played restaurant. Gram Bubbles, who couldn’t stop laughing, made a comment afterwards that our playtime should be on a video. Ellie, she stated quite accurately that your imagination is definitely way outside of the box!
So here is my life lesson learned for this week:
Life Lessoned Learned #36: Playing the “If You Let” game with you my dear granddaughter, one must have patience and also an open-mind!
You have so lovingly entertained me with our game. Here are some examples Ellie!
1.) If you let your granddaughter have free reign to whatever is on the church pew during the Mass before Will’s christening, be prepared that she will pick up his knitted baby christening cap and wear it on her own head… backwards… and casually go on about her business as though all is normal!
2.) If you let your granddaughter play in your jewelry box, be prepared that not only will she take the grandest and yes the gaudiest pieces to possibly play with, but she will leave the rest in massive knots (the last time you did this El; I had a thought… It was that I should just send the whole jewelry mess to the game company that creates Challenging Puzzles for the Brain … because my brain has great difficulty getting past the untangling of the first knot!).
3.) If you let your granddaughter do your dishes (a more accurate statement would be … playing in a sink full of sudsy soap water) then be prepared for a tidal wave, or two, or three to occur and a man-made lake to replace your tile floor!
4.) If you let your granddaughter wear multiple velour clothes, be prepared that she will transform into a cat and you had better pet her!
5.) If you let your granddaughter create her own ice-cream cup at Sweet Frog, be prepared that she will choose at least a dozen (ex: gummy bears, pretzel bits, tropical poppers, fresh cherries, chopped snickers, banana slices, and M&M’s to name a few) of the 4 dozen toppings available and fill her cup with them! And proudly eat every last spoonful (Oh, did I forget to mention that there is probably only a teaspoon of ice-cream underneath all that sugar substance?)!
6.) If you let your granddaughter play with your green, copper and shimmering gold eye-shadow, be prepared that a major uni-brow will take over her forehead. And you had better be prepared to follow up with acknowledging to her that she is a very talented make-up artist!
7.) If you let your granddaughter choose any board games to play, be prepared and fully understand that she controls the rules of how the game is actually played. One example: The Sock Monkey Game: cast aside all the clue cards and play only with the half dozen that say “Go Look For It”!
8.) If you let your granddaughter apply her own lotion after a bath, be prepared in advance by purchasing stock in the lotion company, as she may make you quite wealthy but the amount she slathers all over herself and the number of bottles you will go through in her lifetime!
9.) If you let your granddaughter apply Elmer’s glue to the crafts you create, again be prepared in advance by purchasing stock in the glue factory!
10.) If you let your granddaughter snuggle on your lap while chatting with her Mommy or Poppy, be prepared that your tea will disappear as fast as she can gulp it down with that irresistible twinkle in her eye always upon you!
11.) If you let your granddaughter choose “1” toy item to take to Sunday mass, be prepared to have octopus arms that are capable of carrying multiple oversized “items” along with one arm free to carry her as well!
Ellie, I really could go on and on as I am having so much fun with this list! I just wish I had more time! Even though the “If You Let” game isn’t really a game, I love watching you play it because I find that it allows you that little bit of extra freedom you seem to seek out...possibly strengthening the right-side of your brain. After all, that is the side which controls one’s creativity. And no one can deny that you have been creating originality since birth! So I guess my lesson learned this week El, along with your mom and dad, is to continue allowing you the freedom to explore not just the parameters, but the whole area in an around your ‘Box.’ All ready at the age of 3, you are learning how to redefine yourself daily. My guess is that by the time you are age 99, your mirror will have seen many, many faces and your closets will have held an infinite number of hats! Don’t ever change sweetheart, yet continue to change, shape and mold the inner you! You are truly entertaining Ellie and a joy to be around.
Love you Miss Trixie McAllister!