Highlights of our Sunday:
Eating bagels and cream cheese with Grandma Lolo at the counter of the Marx’s Bagel Shop and meeting the Bagelman in person!
Visiting Grandma Menkedick at her nursing home; reciting the ABC’s and telling a story to her (Mario); playing the Partly Cloudy movie for her and talking about school (Maria); just being near her and listening (me).
Playing dress up at Grandma Lolo’s complete with a bright red pair of shoes and red sash (Maria).
Flexing chest muscles in Grandma Lolo’s kid friendly mirror and play fighting with himself (Mario).
Seeing sweet Gracie-poo’s face beam when Maria and Mario walked in Aunt Julie’s front door and hearing her baby voice ask “Maria, do you want to play with me in the basement?”
Listening to Maria, Mario and Grace play mom, sister and brother, and watching Maria help Gracie go potty (she is getting to be such a big girl!).
Laughing with Liz and Aunt Julie and reminiscing about Grandma Heile.
Seeing Laura and listening to her explain to Maria that she must remember the names of nail polish colors on the nail polish bottle if she chooses to wear polish. Maria did not know the name of the polish she was wearing; Laura told her that she was wearing Black on Black on her nails. Laura explained that nail polish colors always had fun names. Maria asked her what the name would be of the color of Laura’s scarf if it were polish. Laura asked Maria what she would name it. “Blueberry,” she responded. Then Maria asked for Laura’s response. “Blue lagoon” I believe she said. Maria was intrigued. The magic in those moments.
Eating Larosa’s pizza.
Driving home under the deep black sky and looking back to see my two precious, inspiring babes deep in sleep, heads limp, mouths open, breathing heavy.