Archives for February 6, 2012

The importance of being friendly

Larkspur's doings

(Larkspur likes to dress up her desk and serve snacks to Beatrix.  On today’s menu:  banana ice cream, which is a mixture of mashed bananas and ice.)

February 2

Jonny's hat

Jonny's hat

Si Si

(photo by Keats)

Si Si

(photo by Keats)

Rosary shawl

(photo by Keats)

Rosary shawl

(photo by Keats)

I’m glad that Keats decided to take some photos yesterday.  Otherwise, I’d have little to share today.  I haven’t had much interest in my camera this week.

Honestly, something is wreaking havoc on me right now.  It may be sleep deprivation, as Silas is having a terrible time at night.  I think that surely it’s his teeth now.  And then there is this crazy weather.  It’s warm then cold, warm then cold.  I’ve never had daffodils blooming this early before.  I should be happy to see them, but in a way their presence is making me sad, because it’s just not time.  Like many people, I often struggle as the seasons change.  I love the change, and look forward to each new season, but something in my being, that is outside of my control, doesn’t.  So to have spring weather one day, and winter the next, and for this to have been the trend this entire winter here in Virginia, well, that may be to blame for my moods.  I’m not all full of doom and gloom, I’m just a bit off.  It will pass as it always does.  And I’m keeping busy in the meantime.  I’ve picked up a new obsession:  cross stitching.  Heaven forbid that my fingers be idle for more than a minute or so.  But, more about that later.

On Saturday morning, Beatrix and I (and Si) took a trip downtown to visit the cross stitch store for my second time in a week.  Bea makes a wonderful shopping companion if the trip is purely for pleasure.  Watching her interact with strangers is a pleasure in and of itself.  She is my first outgoing child, a surprise to us all considering that she burst into tears at the glance of a stranger until she was two years old or so.  She never fails to bring a smile to someone’s face with her current favorite greeting, “Merry Christmas!”  Those who stop to chat and ask for her name and age will be expected to reciprocate the information.  Walking to the cross stitch store, we passed a very cute children’s book store.  Beatrix darted inside, turned back to me and remarked, “I’ll just stay here. In the waiting room.”  The woman behind the counter was delighted with this proclamation.  I promised to bring her back by after we visited my store, and I kept that promise.

After we finished running our other errands, (one to use the potty at the library because Bea, on a whim, decided to wear big girl unnies that day!) we had a conversation about the importance of being friendly.  Beatrix wondered why anyone wouldn’t be friendly.  At three years old she believes that the whole world is her friend.  She’s friendly because she’s happy, and I think she genuinely wants to connect with people, even the perfect strangers we pass on the sidewalk.  She isn’t afraid of anyone.  She loves with no worry that someone might refuse her friendly greetings or questions.  I love her beautiful spirit.

I finished Jonny’s hat and I am on track for finishing the rosary shawl that I am knitting for a friend, thanks to a new Rosary album.  Praying, singing, and knitting (and a bit of cross stitch!)  There could be no better way to push through the rest of February.  The “real” spring will be here soon.  In the meantime, Jonny let me sleep late this morning.  I feel better already.