Saturday, June 4, 2011
to market we have gone
it was a smothering, steamy morning in middle america (i think i heard the air hiss on several occasions) but that did not stop me from the weekly walk to the farmers market. we used the parental divide and conquer technique this time, so i had only the eight year old mix and match girl with me while the four year old birdie girl stayed home with daddy. and let me say that it made the world of difference in the experience. i had the time and presence of mind to observe. i could actually see what people were selling. it was quiet, we took our time, walked, talked, and took pictures. (eight year old took about half of these, including the fresh lavender and the big ass red bass.) no raised voices, no fretting, no begging, no fighting, no explosive sister drama. and next week i've promised to take the four year old while the other one stays home. adventures with the entire fam are of course important and we have plenty of them, but we don't always have to move as a unit. i think it's equally healthy to spend time alone with each kid instead of always trying to cater to two radically different demographic groups on the same tour.