So, once again, I am left doubting the parenting skills of very intelligent people. While the parents of the “absolutely fabulous” (her words, not mine) Ms. Zoë were at the Uffizi browsing art, Z and I ate 1 1/4 oranges. Now, I know on this very space I have praised the magic of the Italian fruits and veggies, but the adult faction of the Howard-Barr family kept telling me Zoë would not eat fruit. Yet, she sat right down next to me and gulped it down like there was nothing on earth she wanted more than a blood orange. “Yummy”, well said little one. This is why we grow up and stop listening to our parents. They never really hear our needs. 🙂
Let this be a lesson to us all. Open your minds to what you don’t percieve. It’s all about negative space, silent pauses and between the lines.
Do I have to explain how much fun I had with the L, D, and Z team? Life rewards us with long-lasting friendships. Laughter, comraderie, honest appreciation of another human being and love all weave together to create a very strong bond (and even allow me to forgive Darryl of his Englishness and Lori of her serious caffeine addiction in the morning). Of course, there were tears (and not just from the wee one) when they left for London this morning. Hellos are much better than goodbyes. But I’m inspired to try to be more like Zoë and enjoy whatever new the day brings while breaking a few perceptions of who I am and what I like.