LOL! Thank you all for the “bite-y” advice!! I am gonna try the frozen wet rags and toothbrushes ASAP! We Moms gotta stick together. If I find something else that is helpful, I will sure let you know!
My Topic for this week: Who Knew The Garbage Truck Equals Happiness?!
My little Luna Marie is obsessed and in love with the Garbage Truck.. And you know what? I support her 100 percent!
Some moms might think it is a little dirty or butch ya know? But not me. Growing up, I was a Tom Boy. In my neighborhood there were no other girls. Add to that, I was the oldest of all the boys. So I HAD to be tough. If those boys smelt fear they would have tormented me for years! Oh they tried believe me! Needless to say, I had my fair share of rock fights, mud fights and general all around “boyish” behavior. So, If Luna Marie loves trucks so be it!!!
Tuesday is “Trash Day” on our block. We also call it “Dia De Los Trucas!” (It sounds more catchy in spanish right?)
Our Tuesdays start like this:
Luna Marie and I-in our pajamas-sitting quietly at the kitchen table, having breakfast and then….. we hear a low rumble.
Luna Marie quietly but intensely points to her ear, as if to say “Momma! Do you hear it? Is that the truck?!”
I freeze, and I listen. If it’s a false alarm, I look at her and explain, Nope. It’s not the Garbage truck, maybe it’s just a gardner with a blower or a bus. BUT, when Momma hears a Garbage truck, I say “OMG! Luna Marie, the truck is coming!! La Truca!”
Then the mad scramble begins!!!!!
Luna Marie starts excitedly bouncing up and down in her highchair. She throws her arms up in the air and says “Up, Up, UP!!!” Then, I jump up and quickly move the food aside. I try to wipe off any icky- sticky as fast as I can and then in a flash I get her down, and she stops, waves and says “Bye, Bye!” to Kent, or the Nanny, or dogs (she doesn’t discriminate!) then she runs as fast as she can and slams into the door! She jumps up and down with such excitement! I swear, it is a wonder she doesn’t pee her pants!! So, I rush after her, open the french doors and we run outside, open the garage door then run to the alley and we STOP!
There, we see the most beautiful, dirty, big blue garbage truck barrelling down the dusty alley. As it comes toward us, Luna Marie just stares in awe of its power and glory! We just stand and watch it come toward us. When the truck gets close enough, we give a big, fat smile and a wave to the driver. It is the sweetest thing,, Luna Marie waves like her heart is gonna burst! And then, the greatest thing happens,,, the driver gives us a smile and a big wave back!!!
Success!!!! This ritual happens 5 more times thru the day.
It is just awesome! Time consuming, but, awesome!
Now this may sound like just a stupid little story BUT my bigger point is: Kids are Amazing!!!! Why? Because they open our eyes to the magic and wonder of life. They open our hearts. Hearts that may have been slammed closed in the past by lifes ups and downs, tragedy and overall crappyness.
Poop happens, Ya know?
When we have children, we get to be open, happy and hopeful once again! Because we see life thru their eyes. I swear, I never once looked at a garbage truck and got excited. But now,, I LOVE THEM! When I see one, I get excited and then realise Luna Marie is not with me, so I better just settle down or people will think I am odd (well, I am but I don’t want EVERYONE to know it!)
Having this little child has given me the greatest gift. A new awareness of life and I am SO grateful.
My advice: the next time your kid stops and is checking out a rock, dead bug or garbage truck or whatever, just put down the newspaper, remote or blackberry and go for it! Take a moment to just see it thru their eyes…how it affects them. It could be awesome, if you let it.
Even if the dead bug is just a dead bug or the garbage truck smells awful to you, it may be something spectacular to them! Let them have it! Remember,,Happiness is a form of courage!