Saturday, June 5, 2010

My littlest helper

This summer I've been working with the girls, allowing them to be "mama's helper" once a week and letting them pick the meal and help with the dishes.  Sam has been watching.  He likes to know what's going on at all times.  Tonight when I started doing the dishes he pushed a chair in from the table (just like his sisters do).  I had already filled up the sink with soapy water so he grabbed some cups and spoons and started washing them.  It was so cute.  And, of course, I knew it would end in disaster, but it seemed like a bit of harmless fun. 

So I let him.  He knew exactly what to do, how to scrub the dishes, put them in the other side of the sink, and then on to the dish rack to dry.  But, since he's just shy of turning 2, he lacked a little in his hand-eye coordination.  And what started as a little mistake, soon became a great big amount of fun.  Scooping the cup up with soapy water and emptying it out -- sometimes into the sink, sometimes not so much.  Who knew that a little guy like him could literally scoop an entire sink full of water out onto the counter, the floor, the chair, and of course on himself. 
He was having such a great time.  If you look closely, you can see how wet the counter tops were, the cabinets, chair, floor, and of course Sam's clothes were drenched!  I learned a few things:
1.  Our sink holds quite a bit of water. 
2.  Some towels are more absorbent than others.
3.  Bubbles are fun indoors as well as outdoors. 
4.  Sam's way to get me to mop the floor somehow was more fun than my way. 
5.  He's my baby and he get away with anything. (I knew that already!)
6.  The chores will always wait - they're not going anywhere, but kids grow up way too fast and you have to take time to play. (I knew that, but I need regular reminders!)
7.  Sam looks awfully cute wrapped in his new monkey towel. 

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