First thing this morning, when L woke up, she shouted from her bedroom, "Mommy, today is the Teddy Bear Tea Party!"
"Ugh." All I wanted to do was sleep.
But I didn't. I got up and, realizing that I really didn't have much time, I began to rush. I raced through breakfast for L, fed the baby, jumped in the shower, fed myself, got L dressed, got Baby J dressed, car seats....and finally we were on our way, with me already exhausted and feeling a headache coming on.
"This is going to be the best day of my life!" L shouted to no one in particular.
As we walked into the greenhouse, we could smell flowers and plants and earth. Although it was freezing cold and grey outside, the sunlight was amplified by the greenhouse windows and we felt like we had stepped right into spring.
Little L hugged her teddy bear and her stuffed poodle tight as we made our way to the tables, all set up for kids. We found an empty seat and got settled.
"Mommy, look," L exclaimed as she climbed into her chair, "They brought animals too!" She pointed to the stuffed animals that the other children at her table had brought with them. Her eyes were glowing with excitement.
As L got down to the business of decorating her plastic teacup, I thought to myself, Someday when she's all grown up, she'll remember this as the time we went to the Teddy Bear Tea Party... I watched her carefully, trying to soak up this moment, trying to slow it down, so that I would remember it too.