We just enjoyed a lazy summer afternoon with our three year-old grandson, Cohen. First thing, he and his eleven year-old auntie catch a frog and bring it to show me. I am duly impressed. We get the frog all situated in a habitat in the wading pool before I wander out front to weed my flowers.
"What kind of flower is this?" Cohen asks, leaning over to smell a white blossom.
"It's a daisy," I tell him.
"Oh. It 'mells like cookie dough."
"What kind of flower is this?" he moves down the row planting his little nose in a burst of purple petals.
"That's a petunia," I smile checking to see if the daisy does, in fact, smell like cookie dough. Perhaps...if you use a lot of imagination.
"Oh. This kind 'mells like mustard," he informs me, wrinkling up his nose.
We proceed around the house through the driveway where he discovers some ragged geraniums I had dead-headed earlier from my hanging pots.
"Wow, look at these flowers somebody left on the FLOOR!" he exclaims, gathering the battered bits of red into a bouquet in his chubby hand. "We can use these for the wedding!"
"Who's getting married?" I wonder aloud.
"Victoria." (His young auntie.)
"Who is she marrying?"
"Me," he answers matter-of-factly.
His betrothed is waiting for him on the back porch where she attempts to teach him to play Chutes and Ladders. He is disappointed there are no weapons involved. How can you Shoot Some Ladders without a gun? He doesn't understand taking turns. He just wants to spin the spinner and glide his cardboard guy up and down the ladders and slides. Victoria finally gives up.
"How about we jump," his other aunt, Stephie, suggests.
"Yes!" he shouts. "Let's bounce on the frampoline!"
For lunch Cohen eats half a hamburger patty with no bun, a whole dish of watermelon, two chocolate Snack Pack puddings, a glass of chocolate milk, and two brownies. His Bumpa tries to get him to nap but the only one who falls asleep is Bumpa. Apparently Bumpa failed to ingest a sleep-defying dose of chocolate.
Several hours later, Cohen and his mommy and baby brother leave. Our house is strewn with toys, and an abandoned fort encompasses the entire music room. Both porches and the patio are covered with balls, toy cars and animals, puzzle pieces, books, and games. Something sticky coats the coffee table, along with empty sippy cups and a lone shoe.
Sundays might be more restful if you don't have a three year old in your life. But we wouldn't trade this kind of entertainment for anything!