I hope Simone and Nadia don’t mind me sharing my love with other children. I had the pleasure recently of playing house, flipping coins and playing Duck, Duck, Goose with a delightful 3-year-old. I should say that Duck, Duck, Goose is a lot tougher to play these days. Big kids like me can get a little winded chasing little kids in circles. Alas, I tried to put my own issues aside, because this little girl is a new big sister. I stole a few moments to meet the girls and their mother while away from Simone and Nadia. I brought a few onsies, with matching headbands, for the baby, and I delivered a doll for Big Sister.
Big Sister and I had a lot of fun. She asked me to read two books I sent a few weeks ago, and I gave an animated performance. We played a game that requires each player to move a princess shoe around a board, collecting jewelry. The game ends when one lucky princess collects a ring, bracelet, necklace, earrings and a crown. Big Sister and I giggled and talked, while her Mommy tended to Little Sister. I think she has a new classmate at preschool. She reminded me so much of Simone and Nadia, and I gave her big hugs. When it came time for me to leave, she cried. I really wanted to stay and play with her a little more. I couldn’t stay, so I asked for a kiss. She buried her head. “What if I give you a kiss?” She held her head a little lower. I gave her a few air kisses and said good-bye, promising to return with some playmates next time. I happen to know two little girls who will gladly read books, play with coins and play Duck, Duck, Goose forever.