You miss a lot in this situation – walking, planning trips around walking, the grocery store (never thought I’d miss the grocery store), being a help rather than helped, but above all, I miss Lady B, Sweet Baby, and Baby Brother! In all their lives I’ve never gone so long without seeing them. Their parents try hard to keep us up-to-date with the young lives, FaceTime and videos help, but still.
Last week Sweet Baby turned four attending a birthday party for a friend in the morning and having a party with friends and family in the evening. She now has a big girl bed, and a cradle next to it for her favorite doll, Baby. For her birthday, I managed to make little pillows from pillowcases her great-great-grandmother left for Poppa Jim’s “bride.” When we spoke the next day, Sweet Baby proudly showed me sleeping arrangements and suggested I could come on Thursday – or maybe in September – revealing developing knowledge of days and months. In my favorite videos, she “reads” books aloud – or lately sings the pages!
Baby Brother is always willing to talk to us – especially to Poppa Jim – usually while eating dinner. He explains the meal and speaks of dinosaurs and heavy equipment – he would love to be here and watch the daily comings and goings in the gravel pit behind us.
We heard that during an illness this winter, he took to routinely waking up at night and crying out – “Momma, Daddy come quick!” When recovered he was encouraged to stop calling to his parents at night, an edict he took seriously, because that night he tried “Winnie, Cora – come quick!” – no word on whether the canines responded.
And Lady B – I have seen photos of her on the north face of Mount Alyeska, her little body planted firmly, skis edged, the valley spread far below. I’m told she can ski the entire mountain, including a famous and steep mogul patch! She turned seven after Christmas – such a magic age of competence and exploration – always her strengths. I love the photos of her deep in a book reading to herself now, or sitting with her dad and brother at a restaurant – eyes fixed on the pages of “Baby Bears.” One day she updated me on her latest thoughts about super heroes – but that’s been a while, and I miss a good natter at the top of the stairs!
Hope glimmers! The Alaskans are coming at Easter, and maybe Sweet Baby in May. And I just registered both girls for summer camps here for different weeks in July. Lady B will go to Sewing Camp (a great but surprise choice – I thought she’d choose mountain biking camp), and Sweet Baby will attend the Little Athletes Sports and Fitness Academy with other small fry for a couple of hours each day (her first choice, Troll Camp, the wrong dates).
No better incentive to me – to bend and bend and be ready!
I feel your loss at not being with your little ones while you recover, but I love the letters and stories of their lives as you await their Easter visit. The watercolors? The best!!!
Thank you Jane – I’m a little afraid the flowers are inappropriate for Batman – tho his popularity with this little fan rests on his ability to solve things with cleverness (I think, my superhero understanding is limited). Maybe he can save the world with flowers! Or save it for flowers! At any rate he was totally fun to draw –
Oh – it really is an ache – that missing of the children. You’ll be so happy to see them and much more bendy by then. Such fun watercolors. I really like that Batman!
Thanks Carol. I’m hoping for that bendy!
Katie, your postcards pulse with energetic movement – in one way and another your creative spirit dances even as your knee fracture holds you back from the mobile life you enjoyed “before the fall.”
Thank you so much Susan! Before the fall – love that! Just planted a few lily bulbs and wondered how I ever thought gardening was tiring before the you know what!
So nice to read your endearing posts and catch up on your happenings. Sending best wishes to you!
Thanks Carol – best wishes to you as well!