The walking pal
Lately my 8 year old has been taking walks with me and the dog. I was hesitant at first that she would get too tired, since I walk for more than 30 minutes. She assured me that she could keep up… and boy did she ever… she even jogged.
Today on our walk, I decided to use the time to do “get to know you” questions. I have done this with both girls in the past when I have alone time with them, as suggested from a “date with your daughter” book for moms. I asked her questions like, “What makes you the most happy?” To which she replied, “Spending time with you.” Or, what is your favorite color, food… etc. I also asked her what makes her the most sad. Her reply was, being alone. I asked her when she was ever alone and she said that if there is a babysitter and we are out. Normally the girls go to their grandparents house if we go out on a date night… and have maybe had a babysitter 3-5 times total in the last 4 years. I regress.
I then asked her what her favorite play time activity was… like, digging in the dirt, swinging, coloring, playing house, etc. She replied, “well, I love to dig in the dirt and pretend that I am a Paleontologist.” Stop. “Okay, so do you know what a Paleontologist does?”… “Yes, of course mommy, they dig up dinosaur bones… you know that I love to dig in the dirt!” I think I was probably beaming all the way home.