Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Year of Love, Casual Division

Instead of telling you about my last week on the road (3 different airlines in 5 days, driving on toll roads in New England (how quaint) with a co-worker I met for the first time at the airport, and a flight attendant on the U.S. Airways prop plane who looked about twelve years old and was perkily telling a passenger about how she and seventeen of her sorority sisters were meeting in New York City for her birthday and OMG! had tickets to MTV Total Request Live!), I'm going to write about today and how wonderful it is to be home.

Since the last time I took a long solo trip, Q has gotten a lot more cognizant and articulate. SwingDaddy reported that he asked after me each day. "Mama? No mama." So cool! I mean, I don't want him to be sad that he misses me, but woo-hoo, my baby misses me!

All three of us went to a picnic celebration in honor of SuperVideoGuy and his new bride. They'd had a small ceremony a few weeks ago and brought all the friends together for a happy casual gathering in the good weather. Q had a good time chasing his bouncy ball and being admired while we caught up with friends. While this wasn't technically a wedding, I'm still going to count it as the 6th marriage celebration of the season. It is lovely to see how each couple expresses their love and character.

Q has been getting darn good at his wooden puzzles. Beyond just chewing the pieces, he can actually get them to fit back into the right spaces. So, I figured it was about time to bring out the new ones that my parents brought for him on the last visit. I handed him a new animal puzzle. He upended it immediately and got to work.

I took a close look at the board and wondered if I'd made a mistake in bringing it out so soon. If you look at the first photo, you can see that there is a duplicate picture of each of the pieces in the actual board to guide the child. The new puzzle doesn't have that. All it has is the empty shape, so more skills are required to figure out where the piece goes. I thought, "Oh dear, he probably isn't going to be ready for this."

Q picked up a puzzle piece bearing the picture of a cow. "Moooo!"

"Moooo!" I said in return, hopefully.

He looked carefully at the board and at the piece. Then he put it in exactly the right place on the board.

That's my boy. Teaching mama what you can do.


Bob said...

Way to go, Trevor.

Jenny said...

They are so much smarter than we give them credit for.

And so, so cute!

Lady M said...

We spent much time today collecting the puzzle pieces that he's decided are fun to scatter around the floor. More fun than putting back into the board, apparently. We'll see what tomorrow's fad is.