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This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. Inspired by Soulemama.

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One of Bean’s favourite things to do at the moment is help. That wonderful, enthusiastic, time-consuming helping that only a toddler can perfect, such as sweeping the floor with her toy dustpan and brush, then sneaking up behind you to brush your hair with the same brush, or taking all the washing off the clothes airers before it’s dry, accompanied, always, by a cheery “I helping, Mummy!”.

I find it all too easy in the busy rush at the end of the day to turn down offers of ‘help’ when I am making tea. Thankfully, last week I accepted and the perfect tea-time helping job was born…

The oh-so-simple task of cleaning potatoes. Yep, that’s it. The new potatoes, just the right size for little hands were dipped, then scrubbed and put in the sieve. Simple it may be but the look of concentration on Bean’s face as she carried out her task in just the right order, checking each potato to make sure it was just clean enough was worth the extra time (and the mopping up afterwards).

   

As the Bean continues to grow from a toddler into a little girl at an alarming rate, I think this is a good reminder to me to make time for the Bean’s special brand of helping and one day, one wonderful day, it might even save me some time too!

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Hmm…so, a bit of a gap since my last post but the title pretty much sums up what we have been doing…

Very sneakily, the Bean has turned from a toddler into a little girl – very talkative, very inquisitive and very much fun.

Thanks to some unseasonally good weather, the outdoors has been a source of great entertainment and discovery…

Discovering poppies almost the size of your head…

Taming the wilderness in your very own backgarden…(wearing very pretty pink gardening gloves, of course)…

and planting potatoes with Daddy (using the Bean method of planting i.e. stand where you are and hurl the potatoes as far as you can)…

Looking back over the photos I have taken, it was these three of Bean that made me realise how much she has grown up in recent months. Tired after “a very busy morning Mummy” ‘reading’ the menu in a cafe…(i.e. choosing from the options I gave her – but making the decision all by herself after much serious consideration and brow furrowing)

and ordering from the waitress all by herself (“‘scuse me lady…”)

and best of all, loving not only what she had ordered but that she had done it all by herself.

Despite the title, there has only been a little bit of sewing going on here, not for lack of wanting (my sewing machine is too noisy to use whilst Bean is asleep, which leaves me sewing most times with a very enthusiastic little helper. This is sometimes wonderful, sometimes not – depending on how much I want to concentrate). Thankfully my current project is a very simple one – a quilt for the Bean, simply 8.5 inch squares sewn together. The Bean’s contribution to my sewing could be anyone of the following: silly shrieking at the ‘scary noise’ my machine is making; constant enquiries of “can I touch the pins Mummy?” ‘um, no darling, that’s propably not a good idea’; to close observation and then sincere comments of “ooh, you very brave Mummy” ‘am I?’ “yes, to put your hands in there”; but the most common is sitting on my lap or standing, being ‘in charge’ of the reverse button. This apparently ‘has’ to be pressed every time I pause sewing, accompanied in most cases by enthusiastic shouts of “go!” and “stop!”. I hadn’t realised how much Bean considered this to be her job – until I set the machine up the other day. I was sternly informed “that my button Mummy. If you press it, I be very angry”…hmm…a conversation about sharing soon followed…

Here is the ‘in progress’ shot – more photos soon. Well, I say soon…

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