This baby needs toys. I will share my spinning rainbow toy with him. This baby is a boy.
Nickel gets a sunflower for me and for Betty and for my friend Abigail. After the library we can go to the farmers market. We can go downtown.
There is the black kitty. He is my neighbor. Don’t catch him because he’s scared. Just smell my hand.
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First, let’s play on big toys. You are a spider. I’m a otter on the slide. Look, my meerkats have little babies. Iris came and Grandpa Joe came and Auntie came and Iris came.
It’s Grandpa Joe. I was riding on his shoulders. I was riding on a camel! Iris came on the camel. That’s my Gibbon!
This spider in a jar in my kitchen. You caught it. Mmm, it’s legs. One two seven eight nine. It’s alive. It’s alive.
We leave it in a jar. See? It’s alive. Let’s give it to the chickens. It’s wiggling.
Peacock! I touch it? Okay. Look, kids!
Hi gibbons! Hi mama Gibbon. Hi daddy Gibbon. I see you in a basket!
This is red wolves. One two seven eight nine eleven. It’s all the babies in there. They are too sleepy. I am too sleepy.
It’s a big polar bear. Pick me up mama. I ride in my stroller. It’s cold down there.
Hi otters. Hi seals. I’m too sleepy. Let me out. Go in my bed. Oh it’s seals. One two five seven. Up and down. Up and down. Over there… hi seals…
Run up to Wright Park. It’s climbing. Play a music. Mama, ride on this toy. I slide down it! I jump off it! I run away!
A mama duck and a daddy duck. Two daddy ducks. Fern, fern, daisy, dandelion. Here you go Mama. No Os, ducks. It’s my cheerio. No. Edie eat it. Don’t pick a daffodil. Smell a pink flower. A rhododendron.
A squirrel! A squirrel! It on a grass! Catch it! I catch it. A squirrel up a tree, mom.
I bring my doctor bag. My cuff, my squeeze. Thirty eight. Okay. Healthy. Cough cough. No! No! Don’t look at me! No listen stethoscope! No belly! No back! Cold! Don’t touch me, go away, no doctor, no Mama!
No deep breath. Okay, read book. Okay, be calm. Are you all done? Are you all done! Climb up table. Mama, where doctor go? No doctor, okay. Read a book time. Go a park.
Ducks eat my muffin. Mama duck, daddy duck, daddy duck. Come here duck. Mama, it’s come here! Quiet, shhh. Duck under me. Duck under bench. Duck swimming in pond.
Go on swings. Spider style! Edie and Mama, Edie and Mama, spider style! Go on this one. Go on slide. I’m happy now.
We are nature watching. We put bread crumbs out the dining room for birds and a bowl of milk out the kitchen for kitty cats. Two cats come! They don’t drink the milk though. They just tease each other. Where other kitty cat go? Two kitty cats go! Jump down kitty! Other one kitty cat. Mommy! Get down cat. Meow! Meow! Where kitty cats go? No milk. Kitty poop over there, remember?
I watch out the window in case they come back. I am naked because I poured water on my dress at dinner. My belly is full of tofu and sweet peas. I am awake after my bedtime. This is the real thing.
Anna came to my house and took me to see baby Beau. He is little. I see him sleeping and when he wakes up I give his head gentle touches. Baby Beau has a pet. Kitty Cat! A long fluffy tail and soft soft fur. I give the cat gentle touches too. Then I push the cat’s nose. Back up! Mama says I don’t have to do that to cat because they are not Phydeaux. Okay. Just checking.
I eat all Anna’s oranges and some sandwiches. We find Beau’s big cloth blocks. Tower! Anna, tower. Right there. One two one one one. Big! Tower; knock! Fall down! Knock! Knock! Tower.
Anna and I find baby Beau’s food boxes. We make more towers and scatter them all around. Now it’s time to clean up. Back back box.
Anna brings me home and I try to visit Mabel but no one comes out so I put some of her rocks in my mouth. Mimee: home. I go in and tell her about Anna. I eat ‘cados and chips and a little salsa.
Monkey snuggle. Mimee? No way. Hello. Water water? Okay. Cough bless you. O de baby la yay! Cute baby. Sit down.
We came to Tacoma and Anty Rachel was running here! But then she ran away. Oh well.
We walked over to the pond. Ducks! Seagull! Squirrel! Kick leaves. Big truck. Toys.
Swing swing gibbon. Push mama! All done. Swing push? Okay. All done. There is a certain point when it just gets too high for me.
Slide. Climb. Rock! Climb; stand up, hand, jump. Woooo! Rock rock rock. Hand, jump. Kid! Wahoo! Big! Self! I show Mama the other kids, then I point to myself. Kid. Big girl. I mean, I am really not a baby now.
I climb all the way up on the toadstools, all six. Self. Jump. Hand? Mama says no hand. She helps a little when I loose my balance but mostly I do it by myself. We talk to some neighbors, and I go up and down slides. Some kid yells a tease far away; I pick up the refrain. Nanananananana! A little more rock climbing, some play beads… This is a total triumph for me. Mama asks if I want to see ducks again. Byebye toys, I sing over and over. Byebye toys.
This morning we put on our warm clothes and drove the truck out to the beach to get clams. Da brings his shovel and bucket, and I got to help with my own little bucket. My job is picking mussels, cleaning them off, and putting them in my bucket. I can get 40! We walk slow and watch the beach for the biggest mussels and I pull, pull, pull to get them off the rocks. My bucket is filling up. I sit down on the sand pile Da made digging, so I can see better when he pulls fat little clams out of the hole. I feel so happy.
I am pretty hungry, so we pick a little fucus plant off the rocks and suck the jelly out of the pockets. I chew up the whole leaf and ask for more. We talk about picking the sea beans on the way back to the truck, but we forget. Da brings the truck over to us so I don’t have to carry my bucket so far, and I change into my warm clothes. We drink hot tea and eat more wrack as we drive all the way home. We feast tonight!