As the Pres and I headed to my son's last Thursday, we stopped at my daughter's to pick~up the treadmill she's giving her brother. Our visit with our son would be an interesting one to say the least. The Pres was going to "share the wealth" with him...give him some tips on drainage ditches, plumbing and other basic homeowner know-how that is developed over the years.
Oh, I was going to have a turn too. I was going to explain gardening with perennials...in one afternoon mind you...covering everything from Spring trimming to planting bulbs in the Fall. It wasn't a large request when my son mentioned it earlier in the week. Bringing along one of my many gardening books, I, too, shared the wealth.
When our youngest granddaughter (age 3) asked me about seeds and seedlings I explained how the sunshine, watering. special plant food and love helps make them grow into big, beautiful grown~up plants. As we rounded the corner and found the spent and dried remains of their Black~Eyed Susans, I pointed out the seed heads to her. Watching her rub her tiny little thumb over the dried seeds and watching them drop to the soil below, she exclaimed with enthusiasm "now these seeds will grow into beautiful grown~ups too, right, Nana?" With a question like that, I'm hoping that Mia will grow into a beautiful person as well! After all, her Dad (my son) used to tell me "Mom, I love you more than there are stars in the sky and sand at the beach."
The day wouldn't have been complete without our play~time so while Mia pretended to be Cowgirl Lil riding her horse Star Pony, I was "instructed" by this feisty three year old to be all tied up, calling for her help. Then we played princess. But the best was when she went down to her bedroom and reappeared in the family room as Dorothy with Toto!
I thought I was going to burst at the seams when she told me that she was going to ask her Daddy to buy her a pink lantern so then could put on her pink shirt and pink pants. Not quite understanding her logic I asked why she needed a pink lantern. I should have known better. She then explained rather emphatically I might add that "when Rocco (her friend at day~care) dressed up as the Green Lantern...she could be the PINK LANTERN because PINK is for girls, Nana!!!"