A few really cold days, but this morning it was -15 C. and no wind, which seems almost like a summer day to Albertans.
Richard asked me what was new this morning as we walked in the dark, watching the sidewalks for places covered with ice.
What’s new for me is what happens when Richard brings Michael to my house for a play date with Grandma. I thought we would keep on our coats and hats -- go for a walk to and then a ride on the C-Train. That kid had his coat and boots whipped off and was telling me that we were playing at home. He was going to find his battery operated fire engine which he was sure is at my house. He looked in all of the rooms and found nothing. I am pretty sure that the fire engine is at his own house and that his mother has disabled the mechanical part of it for her own sanity.
Not being able to find it in my house, he played with other toys, staying our of my kitchen because he saw Derek in there who has grown a beard since Christmas. That beard was too frightening for Michael. He played with his toys down on the landing at the back stairs.
“Is he gone yet?” Michael called up to me.
“Yes. It is safe to enter the kitchen now,” I replied. “Derek’s breakfast is over. He is gone.”
And so we sat at the table having our snack – an apple and an orange. Michael wanted to re-cut the apple slices with the dull paring knife that I had been using to core the apple.
I sat and supervised. He practised cutting those slices into the smallest of pieces.
“I did it. I did it,” he would shout at each cut.
So? What is new at our house?
A lot of fun with the simplest of tasks.