It is these serendipitous occasions that remind me of the "why" of Playdate. I was born the sixth of seven and was always very attached to my Mom and my siblings. With exception to a deviation or two, to another state for a short time, we've always lived close. When my brothers ended up not with their boy's moms, I started doing Thanksgiving, Gingerbread House Party, and Easter. Really, most of that time I often did Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. Then for years, after Mom and Kaye's health begin to fail, I had them for Sunday dinners. I knew those grandma/pa, aunt, niece, nephew, cousins relationships were important to me and folks are so busy and more and more those ties are challenged by the times. I hoped to strengthen those ties with at least weekly visits. Then the new generation began and Playdate was started.
Only now, it seems people, my people, see even less of each other than they did before. It was important to me to see the kids and for them to know their cousins and aunts and uncles. In the above picture, it was sweltering and Bean went to get himself a drink, and brought both of the girls one as well. That is what I wanted Playdate to be about.
I somehow thought I would model how you mentor little ones in play and creek and wood wisdom and they in turn would mentor the ones coming up and long lasting relationships would form.
|So funny, I had literally just looked at the whirligig and thought, "This was an expensive piece of equipment and they no longer even look at it," when Swee-tee hopped on.|
You think I would learn. Through all those years of providing entertainment, good food and and interest, I really only have a close relationship with one niece. I generally only see the others at mom's, maybe a holiday, or in those crisis times. It is true, for the most part, with my children as well. They don't see those cousins in the normal routine of their lives.
|I love me some Pappy Cakes and I love Pappy too.|
|A little science fun. We created a pearly ocean in a bottle.|
|Hmm, wonder what will happen to all those tiny beads?|
|Missy Bugg is going try it too.|
|This precious, happy boy. He began dinner before everyone, and remained in the highchair through the next 40 minutes, just entertaining us with his hat.|
Ahh, as they get older, guess I'm going to have to figure out how to be the Master of Ceremonies at a Three Ring Circus.
|Is that chicken food good?|
|Do you recognize this very scary pirate?|
Happy Labor Day!