Thursday, February 21, 2008
What will it be today?
Every week or so I clean out the "shop" space and we start with a clean slate. What shall it be? A book store? Lemonade stand? Toy shop? Bakery? Cafe? Animal rehab facility? Today it was a library.
We cut out rectangles and make library cards with our names and a bar code. We have a cash register that one of them got as a gift who knows when, and it has a "scanner" hand. Our library has a self checkout area, so we check out our own books when we visit - so they know a scanner and bar code are needed!
They carefully organized books on the shelves - sure to get books that they both like, and which fit well on the small shelves. They take turns as librarian (who wants self checkout when playing together?). They politely ask for a specific book for for their books which are on hold. The librarian says "May I have your library card, sir?" and starts scanning.
They are so cute - asking for late fees (!), recommending books, and reading bar code numbers to each other. "Thank you sir, have a nice day!"
Of course after visiting the library we need to visit the cafe, where we can sit and read and sip our warm green machines. This cafe has an excellent story time.
I love watching them play together - when they get into a groove, are interested in the same thing at the same time, and are obviously enjoying each others company. I watch them and see their love for each other and I envision them in 10, 20, 30 years, brothers AND friends. These relationships we are building as a family are the most important of their lives. I'm so happy that they do spend time together and are not separated or divided by age in their daily lives and are on equal ground with each other. They love each other - and it doesn't get much better than that!