By chance, do you happen to ever be left with three youngsters, who are depending on you for mostly everything, aside from breaking down their own glucose, and wonder, uh, “What am I supposed to do with them all day?” Because I do. Sure, we have days where we’re taking someone here and then, inevitably, picking up someone from there, but I almost always have one kid with me, and this kid almost always has that bright, shiny, “Entertain me!” face on and why shouldn’t I? I’m getting paid to give them glucose to break in the form of graham crackers and apple juice, and also to construct these Fun Ways to Make The Day Go Faster Until Mommy Gets Home. So, wondering what we do? Well, we do lots of things. And when I find something they love (aka the POOL), we stick to it. Hey, I’m a creature of habit.
Also, I’ve learned to teach, not just tell. And so we spend our days learning. We learn that there are reasons behind my “Please do”s and “Don’t you dare”s. We can’t jump into the pool next to the steps because we might hit our heads. We have to wash our hands really well- scrubbing while we count to ten- because that’s how we get all the germs off. We have to pay attention to whether or not dogs in our care are prone to wiggling out of our care, and if so, we should also pay attention to the doors around us because, uh, problems will ensue. (I guess that one was just me.) And today, I broke down borrowing into terms involving apples and barrels and I could feel myself growing my patience one iota at a time as I heard, problem after problem, “But I don’t know what to do.” One more time. Let’s go over it one more time.
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icture for you. My brand-spankin-new niece surprised us by joining us a good 6 weeks early. She’s tiny- 3 lb 8 oz- but she’s beautiful, and she’s miraculous and she’s all things good. Gracie Laine, we are so happy that you’re a part of our family.