Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Playdate

I am told that in the long ago time women who lived near each other would gather over coffee and pie and their children would play together. If that were still the case Ada would be playing with the mayors daughter and the kid whose Dad authored the Lemony Snicket series. Those families wouldn't be caught dead slummin' it with the likes of us. No lie, the mayors wife drives a Tesla, which costs over $100,000...we still drive our beater 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, which is worth about $500 according to Kelly Blue Book. Lemony's wife once told me that her son gets mad when we park near to their driveway. Uhh...Pardon me?

Thankfully, Kathi and her family are more open-minded, embracing, and quite down-to-earth. Our girls are only a few weeks apart in age so we got together for a playdate, the modern version of coffee and pie.

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I was wondering aloud on Sunday if the next baby will learn earlier to share and not hit/bite/poke because of that continuous feedback from an older sibling? I was wondering this because soon after we got there Ada just up and poked Sarah right in her eye! I have been warned to expect these things to happen but it's impossible to not feel mortified or let an, "Ada!?!" slip from the lips when she snatches a book from someone else.

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Sarah got a love-tank refill with her Mom:

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And after that, the eye-poke and book-snatching were forgotten.
Babies are so funny: how they experience these moments of exuberance. Sometimes we know why but other times there is no apparent cause for the grin or giggle. My Grandma used to say that babies play with the angels so maybe that's it. Or maybe they just have these moments where they are overwhelmed with the simple joy of being alive. Either way, it is beautiful to see them so happy.

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While Sarah struck a pose (above), Ada worked on her stacking skills

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and could later be found in the corner licking a piece of plastic.

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Like the end of a fun first date, the afternoon concluded with a sincere "we should do this again sometime!" Maybe we'll do the coffee and pie San Francisco style and have a glass of wine next time :-)

1 Lovies:

Connie said...

I have really enjoyed reading your blog...so I will delurk!

Yes, I remember the playdates with my SIL's and friends...and no, the next child doesn't learn any quicker not to hit/bite/poke - because they are learning to defend themselves from older siblings "play".

Case in point long ago my 2 SIL's and I all had babies during the same year with an age spread of 8 months. When the oldest baby and mine were 18 mos and 15 mos and the last one was 1yr we all got together for Thanksgiving and mine and the oldest promptly ganged up on the 1yr old and there was poking and hitting...thankfully no biting!

So there you have it the law of the playland =)