It’s been raining like crazy here in Napa for the past several days. Stuck inside with two kiddos is a major lesson in patience and spontaneity. Like this morning, we just decided to drag Levi’s mattress into the family room and pretend it was a boat that we were sailing on. We read lots of stories and snuggled on and off for most of the day. Of course there were several meltdowns from two little boys and a few lessons in not hitting, pushing or taking toys away from each other…but that happens even when the sun is shining.
Last week it was beautiful and warm and I was thinking how nice it was that we get to spend so much of our days outdoors. The boys spent most of the afternoon one day picking the flowering weeds that are growing along the side of our house.
One of the first signs Calvin ever made was for “flower”…as he is demonstrating with his crinkled up nose. What you don’t get in the photo is the big, “SNIFF” sound he makes when he does the sign. It’s so cute. He loves flowers and whenever he sees one, he signs it with gusto. He’s kind of like a cat dropping a bird at your feet, when he delivers a flower to me. He does it with such aplomb. He also likes to give them to the chickens, but they don’t really care too much for flowers; they’d rather eat the leafy greens from the garden bed.
About the time Levi was Calvin’s age, Michael taught him to always bring the first flower he picked to Mama as a gift and to say, “I love you” upon delivering it. To this day, he still does it every time he picks a flower. Getting flowers (even if they are weeds) handpicked from my sweet little boys never ceases to make this mama’s heart melt.
Just what I needed to be reminded of on this dreary day.