I’ll build that

Last night, I read Mpants the infamous “Cat-in-the-Hat” by Dr. Seuss for his bedtime story. We got through the mischevious cat and everything that he can do. We got through Thing One and Thing Two. I told him those two little things reminded me of him and his brother. Running through the house. Total destruction in their wake, like two self-contained tornados.

We get to the page where the Cat-in-the-Hat comes back to pick up the mess.

I mention: “Wow, wouldn’t it be great if I had a picker-upper like that? All those hands. It would be so easy to pick things up.”

Mpants looks at me and says earnestly: “Mummy. You buy the parts. I will build that picker-upper for you.”

Balloon games

We have been playing with balloons a bit before bedtime the last few nights. We try to keep them in the air with only one part of our bodies: head, foot, hands. Tonight, Mpants says: “Look Mummy. I am using my nose.” And he bounces the balloon off his nose. He continues: “Then I do a little dance.” And he wiggles his butt and flaps his arms like a chicken.

Bounce. Wiggle. Flap. Bounce. Wiggle. Flap. All around the living room.

We laugh our heads off.

Happiness is…

Taking a random tram ride to the outskirts of Bern, serendipitously finding a playground, climbing in a huge swing with the boys, looking up at the sky as the sun pokes through the clouds.

Jman shouting: “Higher! Higher!” as I pump my legs awkwardly while lying on my back. 

Mpants squirms onto my belly and gives me a kiss: “Me love you Mommy!”

“Me love you too.” And I kiss the tops of each of their heads. We lay back in the swing and watch the clouds.

Who is your person?

One night I was talking to Jman before he went to sleep. I was telling him how his brother is really important. And how he is (or will be) his best friend and they will have a lot of great adventures together. And they will need to support each other and confide in one another. And look out for one another.

I said: “He will be your person.”

And Johnny digested that for a moment and replied: “He already is my person. He is my assistant!”

Boom!