Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sprout and Her Bestie

There were two voices constantly emanating from the family room. Chatter, laughter and squeals of delight pierced the air while I tried to work in the other room. Sprout was having a play date.

It was one of those rare days where I was off of work on a weekday.  Sprout’s best friend and her mother had come over. It was a rare glimpse into a world that I usually don’t see, but I know takes place—a familiar sight to any stay-at-home parent. The moms drank coffee and gossiped in the kitchen, while Sprout and her Bestie ran amok through the rest of the house. I hid in my study, trying to stay out of the way while attempting to be productive and spy on them at the same time.

Bestie had been the topic of much conversation around our house. Sprout was clearly taken with this girl and spoke of her often. I had met Bestie, and her mom, once before during one of those chaotic events where you never get to engage in an adult conversation that lasts beyond the opening pleasantries. But in reality all I knew of them was anecdotal.  Listening to my daughter play with her best friend was something new, like the difference between seeing lions on safari and in a zoo.

Sprout can be incredibly charismatic and social...within the confines of our house. Most of the time in public she is shy and quiet. But with her Bestie by her side, Sprout was anything but. The two girls were rambunctious and giggly. They never stopped talking. They never stopped moving.  I imagined this was a taste of Sprout's tween years, not 2 ½ year-olds playing together.  

It was completely charming and made me wish that I got to spend more time at home, watching my kids in their natural habitat.

10 comments:

SciFi Dad said...

I love getting glimpses like that. Like you, my job keeps me out of the house during most of the hours that this sort of thing goes on, so it's a treat when I get to witness it.

Surfer Jay said...

It is amazing how we have multiple personalities in different social settings, such as the kids here interacting with their friends. A whole new being emrges from the typical huggie ghooey snot nosed little....

Very cool though to see such a cool moment of your kid like that. And I'll tell ya, cherish that one, because the next time you have a day off, she very well could be a lil monster

Andrea said...

All our playdates take place outdoors whenever possible. I have wild things that I call children and their friends tend to be wilder.

One day last summer I had 8 pairs of shoes parked at the front. And 8 wild children from the 'hood in my basement. It was loud and kinda crazy but wonderful all the same.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

SciFi...Makes me want to install nanny cams all around the house.

Jay..."very well"?? You don't know Sprout. Change that to "most likely".

Andrea..I love the image of 8 pairs of shoes lined up.

Anonymous said...

I thought that your child listening was really lovely. I was and am Nanny to Besties mummy . I have the greatest love for her and her 3 girls and when she was small she constantly entertained me and had just such conversations not with her friends but with her teddy called Baba.

WhisperingWriter said...

I always love nice moments with my kids. Mainly because we have a lot of really LOUD ones.

My husband works a lot so I bet he loves to just watch the kids. I know he misses them.

creative-type dad said...

My daughter just had a sleepover with her best friend over the weekend. I think I came up with a few blog postings just based on their funny conversations...

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Anonymous...I can only imagine what Bestie's mummy was like as a kid. So glad this post made it your way.

WW...It's really hard to be away so much and realize there's worlds your kids have that you don't get to see--even the loud ones.

Creative...Can't wait to read them.

Vancetastic said...

Looking forward to meeting that particular version of Sprout!

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Vance...It may be a while. She's a shy one.