I didn’t know if I could fulfil the promise to her, so I didn’t say anything to baby girl last night, as I was a bit worse for wear.
But this morning as she came upstairs to find me in bed, and then we slept and chilled some more… when we finally did open our eyes to begin the day properly, she asked me the question she has been asking every morning now since the holidays began, so accustomed to the exciting and unknown response it would bring her:
“Where you take me today Mama?”
I smiled at her. She was lying on my lap upside down, her feet sprawled out in front of us.
“Well… do you wanna go to a shopping centre…”
“Yes,” she already began excitedly. At the very least, in her mind, the shopping centre promised fried rice, babycino and dessert, and some kind of small toy.
I watched her upside-down face carefully, prolonging the moment, and looking at those smiling squinty eyes as I said
“To meet Skye, and Chase?”
I watched her expectantly as my words registered. A long, unbelievable pause.
Or should I say, PAWS.
(Thigh slap! Oh stop it, I know).
It was her first time seeing Chase, the blue 4-legged rescue dog from Paw Patrol, as she had already met Skye in a previous school holiday shopping centre meet and greet. But she was still so happy to see them, although slightly shy and embarrassed too, but really, all smiles.
And when you see your child like that, so full of joy and excitement to see their small-screen idols, well its pretty cool. It’s hard not to feel the vicarious love and happiness in a moment like that. 🙂