Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SOLC 2016 23/31: Play Date with a Two-Year Old

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Betsy, Dana, Beth, and Anna
for hosting this meeting place each day in March
and for nurturing our writing lives.

It's been a month since Imi and I have played together.  Sometimes my substitute teaching interferes with our play dates (scheduled when her mom volunteers at her sister's preschool).  We see each other every Sunday at church where we share the same pew, but we have to be quiet and use our whisper voices then.  Play dates are different!

Do I write about how our time together starts with Imi standing at the side window of the front door watching for me and then jumping with joy when she sees me coming up the sidewalk?

Do I write about the time we spend coloring with markers at the little table in the family room?

Do I write about the books we read together from my book bag?

Do I write about our time in her bedroom where she plays with a make believe cash register, complete with sound effects from the scanner and credit card swiper?

Do I write about the Fisher Price house with a garage, a front door, and the chimney that we drop small balls into and then watch them roll out the other side?  (My kids had this toy and I think this one is vintage from her mom's childhood).

Do I write about how I hopped like a bunny?  And then we joined hands and hopped like bunnies together.

Do I write about the green dinosaur who roars repeatedly when a lever is pressed on his back?  I scream each time he roars.  In answer to his question, "Are you scared?"  I reply, "Yes!"  And my little friend giggles with glee and presses the lever again just to hear me scream.

No, I think I'll write about my favorite part of our play date.  I sit in the rocker, Imi selects the books, and we read.  Book after book after book after book and still two more.  I stack all the books we read on top of her bookcase and then plop her into the chair, surrounded by the books we've read.
                                             Ever seen a more contented reader?
                                      And then she decides to read a book to me!
 Last page!  All done.

And after that, we read three more books!


  1. I love the series of do I tell? You sound like you have a special friendship.

  2. This was my favorite part of your play date, too - loved the pictures!!!!

  3. What a special playdate, and you are going to be her 'book friend' for a long time, I bet. Glad you share the pictures. She's so cute.

  4. I'm really in love with this post today. It lifted my spirits and reminded me of the precious age Imi is experiencing with you by her side. How special and what a blessing!

  5. There was such a feeling of joy in your post. It's so evident how great this time together is for both of you.

  6. You're going to be the BEST grandma ever come June! Baby Boy Behnke is one lucky kid!

  7. I can see her saying "no" it isn't a bunny in one of the pictures. Thanks for being an amazing friend to her and me!

  8. This post warmed my heart in so many ways. It brought back memories of when my daughter was that age. My favorite part is when Imi sees you bounding up the sidewalk. What a precious post you shared, Ramona!

  9. You sound like a really fun babysitter! And she is precious!