I Draw You A Road...Or, The Unfailing Generosity Of Children
At the age of almost 4, my granddaughter had already perfected what I call her politician's stance - tiny feet firmly planted shoulder width apart, elbows at 90 degrees, palms facing each other. She adopts it when she has something of utmost importance to tell you, and speaks slowly, emphasizing each word with a nod of her head and small, vertical hand movements.
Last fall, we were watching a movie together when a scene reminded her of the beach where her other grandparents had taken her the summer before. She slid off the couch to stand in front of me and adopted "the stance."
"Gramma. You ha' to take me to the beach sometam. You ha' to."
To which I, who have never seen the ocean, responded laughingly, "Honey, I don't even know how to find the beach."
In an instant, she had raised an imperious little forefinger in a wait-a-minute gesture and declared, "I draw you a road!"
The girl was on a mission! First she found paper and a pen, then sat down at her little desk and drew me the map you see here (her daddy helped her label it later) and brought it to me and pointed out various important things:
"Here is the beach. And here is KMaht, and here is Wa'Maht." I was honestly surprised at how well she did. This was a map with intersecting lines, not the jumble of scribbles that I was expecting. Someone told me it was amazing that she even understood the concept of mapping (and of course I lapped that up!) but we've come to expect this sort of thing from our princess.
This is a more recent story that ties in with the above. Yesterday, Bella discovered five pennies on my desk and asked if she could have them. Of course I said yes (after all, I'd put them there for just that purpose) and she told me she was putting them in her can for the beach. Then she told me, again, that I should go someday. Hilarity ensued as we discussed whether or not I really should. Would I really like it? Should I start saving for it? Eventually, she convinced me, and I promised her I would start saving for it right away.
There are well over a million words in the English language. Not one of them, nor any combination, can adequately describe the joy on that precious face or the love in those beautiful brown eyes as she carefully opened her hand, plucked out one of her pennies, and handed it to me.
"There. Now you have one money for the beach."
Image Credit » Photo is my own