Aunt Jenny and I took Jack to the playground the other weekend.
(This is the first in a long line of posts where I catch you up on ALLTHEFUNSTUFFLIKEWOAH that we've been doing. This is me starting at the beginning, which is a very good place to start.)
We went to Central Market. It's one of our favorite places. We were there before the mad crowds on a lovely Sunday morning. Jenny and I got coffee. Jack got a smoothie. Some pastries were eaten. (Apple scone blew my mind a little bit.)
Jack keenly spied another kiddo with a balloon, and immediately and irrevocably decided that he needed one. I totally get that. So does Aunt Jenny. So, off we went.
We found the Balloon Lady and she was happy to give Jack a green balloon. He wanted yellow, but they only had purple and green to choose from. On a lesser day, this could have caused a serious meltdown. On the great day that was this day, Jack happily chose green and we went on our way.
Three minutes later, the green balloon was bobbing in the rafters of the store.
We went back to the Balloon Lady and she was happy to give Jack another green balloon. He had forgotten all about wanting a yellow balloon, thank goodness. He now just wanted ANOTHER BALLOON to replace the First Green Balloon that had surely been the Best Balloon Ever.
So, we got another one. And Jack was happy.
Jenny and I were happy, too, because this one had a slip knot in the ribbon, so we could secure it on Jack's wrist.
We went back to the playground, because we had lots of errands to run that day and weren't quite ready to start being all efficient yet. More playing was in order.
Jack: "Mama, can you hold my balloon?"
Me: "Uh...sure, buddy. Here, give it to me."
I removed the balloon from Jack's wrist and put it onto my wrist. He ran off to play. I kept drinking my coffee, and turned to Jenny for some more playground sister talk.
She smiled at me.
Jenny: "You are a good mom."
Me: "Aw. Thanks! That's sweet of you to say."
Jenny: "No, I mean it. And, it's so clear how much you enjoy it."
Me: [melted from truth bomb and love of son and sister]
Hope you have an apple scone, a balloon, and an awesome family today.