Thursday, June 5, 2014
Final Thoughts Month of June: Blog 1- Letters from Mom & Mimi
This past Saturday evening was a blast! So much so that this week’s blog had to be this:
Final Thoughts: From now through your adult life, I hope I am always ‘cool’ in your eyes!
You see Ellie, you always give me the freedom to come up with a fun idea and I in turn give you the freedom to ‘run with it’ so to speak! Saturday’s time spent with you is a perfect example of what I am talking about. Your Mommy and Daddy went to a wedding, so Poppy and I got the pleasure of watching you and Will (and like most typical babysitting days, we always seem to pack in a lot of activities!). But the one thing I had forgotten was the promise that I made to you to play with the squirt guns outside and get each other wet. Since it was already after 9:00 pm and quite dark outside, you asked me if we could play with them the next day after church. At first I said yes, but then I thought “hmmmm… why not play with them now?” So I asked you if you were ‘game’ to go outside in the dark and play ‘Squirt The Imaginary Pirates.’ Ellie, your eyes little up as big as saucers and you answered with an excitable “SURE!” So I filled up two squirt guns and out the door we went (in pajama attire of course!). As we ran around the house squirting shadows and far away bunny rabbits (well let’s hope they were bunny rabbits) you would yell out every so often “Shhhhhh… duck down” and then “All right, the coast is clear Matey. Let’s go!” and also “Wait… there’s a pirate! Squirt em Mim’s!!!” One time we even hid behind a tree and laid in the grass when the neighbor’s car drove up the street and into their driveway. When the last family member went inside their home and closed the door behind them, we pretended to squirt and capture them too! Then we would quickly run to the back of my house and sneak up onto the deck to torture Poppy who was sitting in the sunroom. When he would come to the door, off we ran before he could detect us! Now in the back of our house we also have a shed with a large square wooden platform in front of it. You, my little pirate girl, came up with the idea that the platform was to be our boat and also our base. I came up with the idea that we needed to keep moving and searching for more pirates because unbeknownst to you Ellie, I think a grumpy old groundhog set up house underneath the shed and he wasn’t the type to ask us for tea!
So off we went again, only this time you came up with the sweetest idea ever. El, you said “Mimi, just so you know, every time we squirt a pirate, the water that hits them is LOVE and the LOVE turns them back into people like us. And then they are nice again.” Ellie, how could I say NO to that? It was a brilliant idea! The only problem was that our little platform was soon taken over by THE LOVE! I think we captured a few dozen new imaginary human beings! So it was then that I convinced you to move our boat to the front of the house and use the driveway as the ocean (actually, the front of the house was much brighter because of the lamppost and it was also easier for me to duck down, when you told me to, on the steps that lead to our front door and squirt THE LOVE in every crazy direction!). El, we squirted and captured the moon, the stars, nearby trees and of course all the plastic animals and flowers in my yard! But the most fun was squirting each other every once in awhile, which produced many a giggle! I think you and I could have stayed outside playing this wonderfully silly game for hours Ellie, but unfortunately our squirt guns dried up so we had no choice but to go back inside. And besides, we still had much to do before bed, as there is no set curfew at Mimi and Poppy’s house! All I can say is that playing with you is such a joy!
Right now you do not see me as a crazy or corny grandma but rather a playful Mimi that will start you off with an idea you can explore, change or add to and one that I can be a part of also. May that be for always Ellie. After all…
You are my Bestest!