Sunday was a fabulously fun day for Barry and me. It began with a 2-minute trek to our local recreation area… with William and Alexander and 2 snow gliders and a sledding tube. Our town “rec” area has, among other wonderful things, a couple of hills just the right size for sledding with 3 and 4-year old boys. It was one of those perfect days. Late afternoon. Lots of happy families. Warm, even as the frozen hills stayed frozen. We went up and down those hills countless times… for almost 3 hours.
Once back at our home, we had hot chocolate. Spaghetti. A toasty long bath for the boys. Ice cream with tons of chocolate sauce, even though it was bedtime. And a late night of Webkinz.
I felt so happy to see William and Alex so happy… until I realized that we did not have Alex’s 2 blankets. Alex isn’t one of those guys who cannot go anywhere without his “blankies,” but bedtime is another story. But Audrey was out-of-town, I knew Matt would be all settled in with Benjamin and Henry for the evening, and Barry and I hesitated to change the perfect karma that was going on.
Of course, as grandparents, we did the unthinkable… allowed the boys to cuddle up on the couch with soft pillows and our warm blankets. Alex never mentioned his “blankies.”
Jump to Day 2. Audrey was still out-of-town, Barry and I had William and Alex overnight again… and we both forgot all about Alex’s blankies until cuddle-up-on-the-couch time. Alex never mentioned them.
It wasn’t until this morning that Alex said to me upon awakening, “Grandma! I didn’t have my blankies. For 2 nights!” He didn’t say this in a panic… he said it excitedly. He then added, “I love my blankies, you know.”
Of course I know. I, too, had a blankie until I was old enough to remember when I ditched it. (A story for another blog.) But watching Alex’s eyes dance with such big-boy enthusiasm made my heart leap. I saw a glimpse of the future in that moment.
As a grandma, I am of the opinion that Alex can go to college with his blankies. Heck, take ’em on the honeymoon! Alex, I’m sure, has another plan. That little plan went into effect just this morning.