Easter postcard ca. 1915 (Wikimedia Commons)

Monday Song: Miss Me Blind

by
in The Brick House Cooperative
on April 5, 2021

I’m still riding the high of seeing my two nieces yesterday for the first time in six months. I missed them blind.

P is five years old, and had her first day of kindergarten in the middle of a pandemic. P’s younger sister, R, is 18 months old and is for the most part still blessedly ignorant of the evils of the world.

Yesterday, I got to watch R toddle around her grandparents’ backyard, securing the perimeter with the same sense of duty as a Navy SEAL. She frowned at barking dogs and wobbling airborne bubbles with equal skepticism.

As a younger sister, R wants everything P has, which can often result in a Raiders of the Lost Ark-style idol swap if you want to negotiate an object from R’s vice-like grip.

Like a Terminator, R zeroes in on an asset — a dog leash, a Beanie Baby, her sister’s water bottle — with laser focus, and best of luck to anyone who has other plans for it.

Meanwhile, P and I hunted for Easter eggs in her grandparents’ backyard. We played croquet and SORRY!, and P cheated flagrantly by taking extra turns. I let it slide, though. What can I say? The kid knows how to read a room.

She showed me the tiny collapsible house for her Troll doll Poppy, complete with a LEGO Murphy bed and LEGO cupcakes, and tried in vain to explain the intricacies of the Trolls universe to me, her well-meaning but slightly dim-witted Aunt Emma.

Finally, P gave me a short recital using the piano app on her tablet, and read Pat The Zoo to me. We played a game in which P very convincingly acted like she was asleep, and I had to wake her up with increasing frantic energy.

The way things are going, I don’t envy P’s eventual career path. It’s sure to be a tough decision among her current options of actor, pianist, aerospace engineer, architect, librarian, ballerina, zookeeper, high-stakes poker player and Friend To All Trolls. I hope she never has to choose.

Previously:
Monday Song: First Light
Monday Song: Runaway
Monday Song: Sodom, South Georgia