*Barbara's surprise gift of classic books for Little B
As we were on our way out to have lunch with Grandma Jo today, we ran into our downstairs neighbor, Ms. Barbara. Little B enthusiastically waved at her through the car window from his carseat. She was so delighted, and then, remembering something, she told us, "Hang on just a minute."
She went back into her apartment and returned carrying a gift bag full of gifts neatly bundled in shiny, star-patterned wrapping paper. It turns out that after we told her we would be moving to Texas soon, she went out and bought Little B a small stash of classic books to add to his book collection. Ms. Barbara is a retired English teacher, so the gift was just perfect. B's at an age where he opens presents all by himself, and it sure was fun to see him tearing into the wrapping paper to unearth his new treasures.
|Richard Scarry books are so delightful for children, and Little B loves the tractor book, of course.|
|Ms. Barbara said these are "for later, much later." But she did make the valid point that these are books that children love to hear read aloud to them, long before they can read them for themselves.|
Both N and I feel like we learn so much when we spend time in the company of older people, and we had a wonderful visit this afternoon. We ate like kings, chatted, explored the backyard, went on a walk, and only the first drops of the coming storm reminded us that we needed to head home.
As we said our goodbyes and made promises to write, I actually felt myself tearing up, until Grandma Jo reminded us that "someday, we really will all be together again." What a wise, joyful perspective to have in the face of farewells!
|Grandma Jo gave us these books for Little B. Check out the title of the top one! How perfect.|