We needed a day out. I've been so on th edge about not seeing the Toddlers and their parents for such a long while -- especially when it's unlikely we will see them during winter holidays unless it's just a pass off of presents outside. So, on a gorgeous, 70+-degree day and after a lot of serious thinking, we hit the road.
I had some guidelines -- outside only, we would wear masks, we'd keep distance from the adults and try to keep above or behind the kids.
And there was plenty of sanitizer available.
Fortunately, with toddlers who love to swing and are very short, that part was pretty easy.
I think we spent the bulk of the afternoon pushing little guys! And I loved every single second as they went higher and higher!
Well, till Rick invited Little Toddler onto his lap for a story. But I couldn't object!
I will say, I was better in the mask department than Rick!
I had some small lunch boxes and a little red cash box I brought for the boys and they had fun playing with them.
Big Toddler knew that the little thing Rick gave him to go into the box was a coin but he learned a new word -- penny! (the brown one.)
Our bigger guy modeled his mask for us and even kept it on quite awhile. Our little Superguy!
It was an afternoon of fun and of giggle, of smiles!
And we needed those smiles. We needed that sense of almost-normalcy.
These little guys are spending their earliest years in a situation no one planned -- parents who now work at home and are scheduled to till next spring, less contact with friends (although they are in daycare a couple of days a week.)
And for us? Too much time without being with others and so much more to come. I missed the hugs. But I got the smiles.
They'll have to hold us for awhile.