Roman and other kids


Dear Roman,
Lately it has really been feeling like summer- nice weather, days spent outside and a later bedtime for you which means we get to hang out as a family in the evenings. Every Wednesday you climb into your stroller and we head down to Marina Park for the farmers market. We weave through the crowds of people selecting fresh fruit, baked bread and other yummy “treats” as you call them. It doesn’t take long for you to become covered in sticky fruit juice from all the cherries, strawberries and apples you’ve sampled. Nothing a good splash in the fountain can’t clean off.

Tonight, after touring all the booths we headed to the lakefront so you could play in the sand. Shortly after you settled in with a good stick and some rocks a little guy your age showed up with a bag full of sand toys- buckets, shovels, rakes. The look on your face screamed JACKPOT! Your dad and I looked on as you made your move walking calmly over to the boy. You stood in front of him for a minute with a slight smirk on your face surveying the toys. Then you pointed to the really big shovel as if to suggest I want to play with that one. The kid looked at you and handed you a smaller rake. You didn’t take it instead continued to point to the big shovel. The little guy handed you the rake once more and you gave in, taking it and feeling pleased with your new borrowed toy and the new buddy.

It’s so much fun watching you interact with other kids. Most of the time you are pretty good at sharing although if you are really into a toy I have to do a lot of encouraging to get you to hand it off to another little person.  A lot of times you try to redirect a kid coming towards you to take something you are playing with. Like if you are holding a really good ball and a kid spots it you will pick up another toy and hand it to them before they can take your ball. But for the most part you adore being surrounded by other kids hanging out at the park or the beach and get disappointed if there aren’t any other kiddos.

I foresee many many days this summer spent playing around the neighborhood!


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