Being a great aunt
Saturday August 07th 2010, 10:47 pm
Filed under: Family

I got some adorable shots of my niece and her husband and 12-month-old Rachel–but I forgot to ask if I could post any. Diana, your felted turtle was Rachel’s instant favorite: it was bright, it was colorful, it was soft, it was snuggleable.  And it is now back in the toy basket on the hearth wishing for Rachel.

They all enjoyed watching my little flock just outside the glass and the parents thought out loud about getting their own birdfeeder. I quite wish I’d had one when my kids were little, like my parents had had; there’s so much to observe and learn and hold in wonder out there, just waiting to be noticed and cared for, to be seen.

We packed a lot into one day: talking, eating, the Rodin sculpture garden at Stanford University, a trip into the foothills, stopping at an overlook with a view of nearly the entire peninsula with San Francisco lost only to the fog in the far distance… Raptors reaching their wings out in the updraft overhead… Gorgeous.

And then dinner out. A toddler, an old man of about two or so, playing peekaboo with her and flirting shamelessly from the next table.  Directions back to the freeway, hugs goodbye, and a little girl trying to get this waving bye bye thing down pat, rocking her hand slowly side to side, side to side, and then both hands, grinning bigger and bigger to match the motions.

A day far too short. It was wonderful!

p.s. Oh, and–not only did Laura know exactly what I was talking about when I mentioned that smocked dress from two dozen years ago, her mom had saved it for her and she loves it and has it for Rachel now; I was very, very gratified to hear it.  Thank you, Carolyn!

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I really enjoy reading your posts and Iam starting to think shawl wise I need to take out your pattern book and cast on the shawl we talked about doing in the Handmaiden Sea Silk.
I have spent all of this year knitting shawl getting comfortable with charts.
I need a wrapped in Comfort Shawl:)Hugs Darcy

Comment by Darcy 08.08.10 @ 12:13 am

That turtle is adorable! And who wouldn’t love looking at what’s happening on the other side of your glass – it’s like a giant tv. Without commercials. 🙂

Comment by (formerly) no-blog-rachel 08.08.10 @ 6:45 am

I’m not surprised the dress was kept and handed down — like your knitting it was surely of heirloom quality — a thing of beauty is a joy forever!

Comment by Bev 08.08.10 @ 7:20 am

It is such a joy to see a toddler as they learn something new, and then that beautiful little smile blossoms as they realize what they’ve done.

Glad you got to the sculpture garden.

Comment by Don Meyer 08.08.10 @ 10:23 am

I agree with Darcy (love reading posts, need to make shawl) and fnb-Rachel (luvs Di’s turtle), and Bev (dress is a keeper) and Don of course.

Nothing original for me to add comment-wise. It’s all been said already!

Comment by LynnM 08.08.10 @ 2:06 pm

Sounds like you had a wonderful day! Love that turtle!

Comment by Henya 08.08.10 @ 8:44 pm

Thank you for such a sun-filled post! The skies are grey here and the temps a bit cool…

What a boost! I am glad you were to enjoy their visit. 🙂

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 08.09.10 @ 7:30 am

Yay!!! You made my day, Alison!

Comment by Diana Troldahl 08.09.10 @ 1:22 pm

Made my way here from Joansie’s. Always nice to meet another blogger; a plus if they knit or crochet.
Have a good wkend

Comment by sandy 08.14.10 @ 2:46 pm

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