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Beanie has designated herself the official flower picker of our household. As soon as she is given permission to go play outside, her first order of business is to minutely inspect the clover that grows in random patches in our back yard, find the fluffiest flower heads available, and pick them until her little fist can clutch no more. When she has gathered what she considers an acceptable handful, she delightedly capers up the stairs, cooing, “Mama! Mama! I have something foooooooooooor youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!”
Yesterday morning, she repeated her ritual after scarfing down half a banana. While she had been dawdling over her little breakfast, I had emptied the (very) old cream pitcher I use to display Beanie’s offerings, and remarked on the light, cheery fragrance of fresh clover blossoms. Once the banana was eaten, a small flower-seeking missile zoomed out of the kitchen, donned shoes, and flew out the back door. Some moments later, I heard the telltale thud of size nine feet on the steps, and turned to see a hugely smiling Beanie, clover stems dangling from between her fingers and an impressive puff of white flowers crowning her fist. She presented her find to me with a little flourish, and the announcement, “Mama, here’s your Beanie love present!”
It boggles my mind that with all the toys and all the things to explore in our back yard, the first thing Beanie wants to do when she goes outside to play is bring me flowers to say “I love you.” If this is what our days being like grass means, I’ll take it.
Later in the day, Uncle and Cousin, who live not far north of us, stopped in for a visit. My husband was delighted to have another music guy in the house, as he is currently constructing a FrankenFender, and Cousin was only too happy to test it out for him. Before long, another guitar materialized, and the two of them sat and talked instruments while Uncle and I smiled and offered the occasional comment or question. When I checked to see if anyone might be interested in lunch, the response from all three men was quite enthusiastic, and shortly thereafter, we all settled in for steak sandwiches. Baby Guy slept through their entire visit, unfortunately, and Mr. Man gave up the napping ghost not long into lunchtime. We knew he had to be tired when he turned down steak and bread. The girls had a game going involving Polly Pockets, Transformers, and assorted other dolls in their room, and we really hadn’t heard much from them.
The sound of plates hitting the table, however, brought a smiling Beanie from the girls’ room, and she happily accepted a plate when I returned from tucking Mr. Man in to his crib. All four of us grimaced, then stifled laughter, when she decided to wash down a mouthful of pickles with blueberry juice. Uncle, to my delight, kept remarking on how all the tiny people seemed happy. I was glad to be able to share a meal, some music, and some life with the branch of the family tree I hardly know, but whose members are decidedly pleasant and welcome company. Hopefully the general clutter and chaos that characterizes our house didn’t scare them off.
After Uncle and Cousin left for their next destination, Daddy and I discovered that the boys were still asleep, so we turned on Dinosaur Train for the girls and stretched ourselves out on the living room couches to get a little rest. Beanie decided to abscond with Daddy’s socks, as she frequently does unto anyone who reclines on a couch with socks visible, and catch a few snuggles.
I guess we were all a little tired.
Today’s prayer: Lord, thank You for a peaceful day spent with family, and thank You for the safe travels You granted our uncle and cousin. Thank You for the food You send to nourish our bodies and souls, for a shared love of teaching and learning, for our family’s passion for music and instruments. Thank You for teaching us that houses divided do not stand, and for giving us the opportunity to strengthen our family’s house, building it with love, bread, and joy. Please help us teach Your blessings that building each other and our family up is a gift and privilege from You, and that love shared is never wasted.