We've been spending time at my mom's house the last few days, making things, going on family /Little Bear walks, cooking & eating. I love watching how inspired the kids get about the whole scene here. And it is a scene: dome tent in the living room, 2 RV's in the driveway, non-stop book action, massage tools galore, world music lilting over the smells of garlic, ginger, onions, curries & sides. A giant dog playpen for a tiny, pretty dog nearly blocks the French doors out to her perfect postage-stamp garden.
She's always been a wiz at the jewel-secret-garden-thing. I have many memories of her doing things she's not "supposed to," like laying brick patios when it damages her bones & joints. But she's a rebel, my mama, & she just loves to do what she's not supposed to. She'd rather be alive than feel safe, inspired than inline.
She's always, always moving, & the boys just step right into her working rhythm. They follow her around like puppies, making her crazy, "Lola! Lola! Lola! Lola...LOla! LoLA LoLA LoLA." Apparently I used to do the same, except, of course, it was a million versions of "mommy...Mommy! mommieee." Just today alone, she made several huge multi-course multi-ethnic meals, like we had most nights of my life growing up,
set-up a touch-drawing studio,
took me to Trader Joe's, set us all on some family mini-hikes &
helped the kids set up a mini Habitot
water-river. One of the wonderful perks of limiting our boy's exposure to media & upping their exposure to real work & real elements is that they don't follow the "age-guidelines" that marketing companies set up for children. They can play with real telescopes & also watch the Baby Einstein videos for 6 month-olds & still get tons of value. Habitot is a wonderful museum for toddlers in Berkeley that she took us to last week, & we all had fun. Luckily there was no pressure or outside influences telling Love that it was all too young for him, because he's brought it all home, & there's still so much to learn about water & gravity & sharing & measuring & physics & light & color & temperature. It's hot in the Bay right now,
so I think at least one of us had the right idea
about how to make a lovely day at Lola's all the more perfect...