Friday, December 28, 2007

Idle

It's been so nice having Sister home from school lately that I found myself idly thinking about home-schooling her today just to have her around more. But that's because today she's chosen to be in her awesome big sister mode. In this mode, she does things like freely offer Bean piggyback rides to coax her out of a store we're running an errand in. She'll ask if she and Bean can share a smoothie when we're picking up a snack at the soft pretzel stand, and then she'll share it without minding when Bean demands very close together sipping turns. She'll try to engage Bean in noticing interesting things on a walk. When she feels like it, Sister is a ROCKIN' big sister.

It's 60 degrees outside today, warm enough to be outside at the duck pond with only long sleeves and no coats. It was just me and the girls since Husband is gone back to work now. The ducks had a damn fine treat--a freezer baggie of guglhupf cubes. The birds snarfed it, but Bean got at least a third of it. Why is it that I can serve that child delicious, perfect toast dripping with honey and butter in the morning and she'll only deign to lick a bit of honey off the top before pushing back from the table, but if I hand her some stale bread for duck-feeding she'll eat most of it? Not just stale pastry either, but hard, whole-grain bread heels that I've been accumulating in the freezer for 2 months? Anyways. It's best not to question why my middle child eats or doesn't eat the way she does. I can only hope that the baby will follow in Sister's eating footsteps someday. Sister, who requests Manchego and aged Gouda snacks without prompting...

4 comments:

Joan said...

When Sister edges closer to a teenager you will drop all thoughts of home schooling! I think my daughter is a year ahead of Sister. She's really sweet but every once in a while I get a glimpse of the future.

cubmommy said...

How sweet of Sister to help out! What a nice moment to cherish.

Big Cubby is sweet to his sister but fights all the time with Little Cubby. Must be a boy thing.

Beth said...

ahhh Sister! A girl after my own heart!

No wonder she's a FABULOUS Big sister...you're her mom!!! What a Sweetie.

Beth said...

happy New Year sugar Mama!!