Delphine and I had a good day yesterday. It was sunny and warm, the first real spring day of the year. In the morning we went down to the office to fix something, and then picked up some groceries on the way home. Lunch was ham sandwiches and coleslaw (Delphine picked out and ate the ham and left the bread, so I finished hers) and then we had a nap together on the couch, which might be my very favourite thing to do in the whole world.
After the nap we collected ourself and went out for a walk, up to the green grocer to get some lettuce for salad. Because it was so mild out we went at Delphine's pace instead of mine, so we climbed the stairs at Starbucks, touched the flowers at the flower shop, walked on the snow bank at Rogers, climbed the stairs at the bank about twenty times, and tried to get money out of the machine (I said she would have to get a card, and a bank account, and a job first). Then she was tired of walking so I picked her up for the rest of the walk to the store.
At the green grocer she learned about mushrooms (she has learned to say "what's that?" instead of "ga-duh?") and green beans ("noodle?"), and then we walked back. She decided to take a detour at the LCBO because they have lots of good snow to walk on, and that took us to the school. That was an excellent choice, because we were able to visit with the kids and ladies at daycare, and then play in the extensive and deep puddles in the school ground. I had to drag her away from there after at least half an hour of splashing, and by the time we got home our trip to the green grocer had taken a couple of hours.
I cannot say enough about how much I enjoy her company these days. I'm so happy to have a verbal little kid instead of a baby, and I am astonished at how much personality she has, which apparently sprung forth fully-formed. I am finally starting to feel like I, as the stay-at-home parent, have the better side of the deal.