Sunday, February 03, 2008

Game? What Game?

Hey, we had people over and no one openly laughed at our somewhat random state of unpackedness, if I may coin a word. Either that, or their mouths were full of chocolate-dipped orange slices. We were reminded of how fortunate we are to have this much space, and it was cheery to fill it with friends. I'm really looking forward to having years ahead to create a really homey home.

Aside from one of the youngest guests smudging frosting in a remarkably even distribution along the kitchen table and Q accidentally bonking a little friend on the head with a Lego, things went pretty smoothly. I'd gotten some construction paper and self-adhesive foam hearts are the craft store, and the kids went to town making collages and cards while the parents and our dance friends chatted or watched the SuperBowl. I love these new foam cutouts – no need to hand tubes of glue or pairs of scissors to a troupe of two and three year olds!

What I came to realize during the party was that I'm unaccustomed to seeing Q play with other children. We haven't hosted much in the way of playdates for several months, since I was so sick all autumn and then we've been wrapped up moving. Almost all of his play interaction happens out of my sight at preschool. Today, I got to see that although there were specific toys he wasn't ready to share yet, overall he's growing and learning how to socialize.

At the end of the evening, he and the two little girls (from yesterday's mask story) were playing a rambunctious game of soccer with a giant pom-pom that my grandmother made for me when I was a child. They would occasionally smack into each other and fall over or seize the pom-pom from one another, and I had to stop myself from intruding. They were screaming with excitement and fun, doing just great without parental interference.

Mama's learning how this all works too.


Mayberry said...

And see -- if you had furniture, they would not have had as much room for their game!

Glad you all had fun.

kittenpie said...

It's really neat when they get to the stage where you don't have to moderate every interaction! And then, of course, the tattling begins... That's what we're fighting now. But still, it's nice they can go off and play for periods. Hurray for growing!

Mamacita Tina said...

I'm with you, self stick is awesome!

That's quite the pom-pom, perfect for kicking around indoors, being so soft and all.