These two fine boys and I had a great time this afternoon. We went down to Papa Jay's and got our snack purchases and stopped by the Post Office to collect the mail. Then, as per usual, we sat on the swing on the porch and they enjoyed their goodies and then I showed them the bee tree.
"You should get one of those things for bees," Owen told me.
"Yeah, a hive."
"Good idea. Meanwhile, the bees seem pretty happy up there."
Not that I would know a happy bee from an unhappy bee. I wonder if honey's just going to start dripping out of the tree. That would be interesting.
Calling all bears. Calling all bears.
When Boppy got home, I was in the middle of getting a make-over for the ball. I got MADE OVER, y'all.
It was awesome.
After awhile, Boppy told me that it would be okay with him if I washed off my royal make-up. And so I did and took off my royal dress and put on my royal cargo shorts. But I'm still the queen. Make no mistake about that.
Here's what I found when I opened Mr. Moon's lunchbox to clean it out:
That's not what I said to him. What I said was, "I don't have a pressure canner. You need a pressure canner for that." And then I did actually say, "Do I LOOK like a pioneer?"
I think I hurt his feelings.
Here's another picture. Not of canned venison.
Then he wanted another baby doll. How precious! I thought. He's getting ready for the baby!
"Here you go," I told him, handing him the baby doll so very tenderly, at which point he grabbed up the other doll and made them start fighting, bashing their baby doll bodies together. Finally, one of the babies must have been the victor because he held it up in the air and said, "Baby doll saves the day!"
Dear god I love these children. Their skin is like the purest thing on earth and their minds are never still and they pretend and they hug and they kiss and they cuddle and they do projects and they tell me what to do and sometimes I do it.
Mostly I do it.
We talk about everything from bugs to bees to music to the new sidewalks coming to dinosaurs to monsters to snakes to gardens to families. I listen because I'm the grandmother and I have the time and I don't have all the responsibilities. I answer all the questions. I let them eat chips in the living room and if someone happens to pee on the rug, I just say, "Move over and let me clean it up."
It's a joy, this grandmother thing. It opens my heart in ways that I never knew possible.
All right. Their dad has collected them. Time for a Friday night martini and then I'm going to cook some red snapper. Or red grouper. I'm not sure which. It'll be good, no matter what it is.
I believe I shall call it Fish Royale.
When they were leaving, Owen told me that actually, he'd laid those eggs in the basket on the counter.
"Do I need to sit on them to hatch them?" I asked.
"Yes," he said, very gravely. "And when they hatch, they will be little Owens. So call me up and tell me."
"I will," I said.
And you can be sure I will.
Happy Friday, y'all.