It’s Tuesday, but Dave is off work. Graham is glued to him as they measure and saw and drill. My favorite guys sweating over a project.
So Bess and I left to get Adelaide from school. Just the girls.
We leave at least 10 minutes early each day, because I can’t bear to rush this child. She examines every leaf. Talks to every ant. Scolds a spider for making a web in the flowering bush. Comments on every cloud she spots through all our trees.
This day, this Tuesday, she took a full five minutes down our short sidewalk. And it’s one of my favorite things.
Adelaide greeted me with an exuberant “HI! HI! HI!” in the school parking lot.
She made eye contact and opened her mouth, “I…..GO…..IN.”
We needed rinse aid for our dishwasher. A quick trip into Walmart. Adelaide in the wheelchair and Bess up in her Olives & Applesauce carrier.
But not on this Tuesday.
“Mommy, I no go up! I walk wif you and push my Adelaide. Cuz I’m a sister! I take care of my Addie!”
And we walked through Walmart. And my mom heart was fluttering as tiny pink cowgirl boots slowly tromped down the aisles.