Every morning, Eli and I go on a walk. With his walker wagon as support (since he is not quite walking without assistance), Eli leads, and I follow.
8:42 a.m. We’re off!
8: 45 a.m. Eli sees a bird. He signs “bird” and points to show me. Ever since our bird discovery, a bird cannot fly by or make a sound without Eli signing to tell me about what he sees or hears.
8:48 a.m. It’s trash day. and Eli spots our neighbor’s trash bin. He leaves his wagon behind, crawls to the trash bin, and backs himself down the slight slope to get a closer look.
8:55 a.m. After some good banging time on the trash bins, he makes his way back to his walker wagon.
8:56 a.m. He decides to crawl and push his wagon instead of walk with it. (His bum is a little muddy now from crawling slightly into the street to explore the trash bins.)
8:58 a.m. We’re back on our feet!
9:01 a.m. He spots flowers in a neighbor’s yard and takes a closer look.
9:03 a.m. He decides to taste one.
And tells me it is “yuck!”
9:05 a.m. We’re off again!
9:06 a.m. He hears a dog barking, so he pauses and says “woof.”
9:07 a.m. He sees an interesting crack in the sidewalk, so he gets a closer look.
9:10 a.m. He hears and then sees an airplane. He points up at it. Just like the birds, ever since our airplane discovery, he is even more aware of airplanes.
9:11 a.m. And we’re off again!
9:12 a.m. He spots our neighbors walking, and he abandons his walker wagon and crawls towards them.
9:13 a.m. He sits to wave “hello” as they approach. After we chat with our neighbors for a couple minutes, he tells me he is “all done.”
We have walked for 31 minutes, and we only made it two doors down from our house. But, oh, what we saw and did!
The joys of motherhood are countless, but the most unexpected gift Eli gave me was time. Time to hear every bird’s chirp and every plane’s vrrrmmm. Time to see the beauty in every flower and discover every crack in the sidewalk. Time to take small steps and big breaths. Eli gave me time to experience this lovely and fascinating world we live in. I know parents often say “the days are long but the years are short” when it comes to parenting a young child, and I couldn’t agree more. But, what a beautiful gift it is to have long days and slow adventures as the sidekick to my little explorer!