Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Learning To Love

Today, after naptime, I took Elliot and his snack downstairs for one of his favorite activities... watching traffic.  Luckily, we live right off a very busy street.  A quick hop across the street and there is a great grassy, shaded area right behind a bus stop.  We sat, with a freshly peeled and sliced peach from last week's trip to Sauvie Island Farms with Auntie Mira, and watched buses, trucks, vans, motorcycles, bicycles, cars, even a tractor and a police car with its siren and lights on!  They all passed right before our eyes.  Never before would I have thought I'd spend afternoons watching, commenting on, and, dare I say, getting excited about traffic.  Andrea says it's like when Greg Brown sings about "learning to love what your lover loves" in the Good Morning Coffee Song.  We didn't teach Elliot to love heavy machinery.  We never even considered pointing out the passing semis and garbage trucks. But when your child is literally leaping out of your arms and screaming with excitement, there's not much else to do but to get in the mood.  So, for now, we are all in serious love with each passing TRUCK!  BUS!  and CAR!  


Sara said...

We used to pack juice boxes and park by the train tracks.
Good times.
now, Jack loves sea animals and the strange animal, the platypus. On our trip so far, we have found a stuffed animal squid and a platypus. I was soooooo excited! The joy and excitement is NOTHING in comparison to the joy WE feel as we watch our kids enjoy life with wide eyes. I'm glad you share Elliot's joy and YOUR joy as well.

amuma Deb said...

I hope Elliot will enjoy watching the geese and Osprey here in Boise. We don't get lots of traffic on our street. Unless it's in the sky : )

Susie said...

I definitely remember standing outside in pajamas to watch the trash truck with Jacob, and the trash man always had a wave for us as if he was a celebrity! :) Little did he know, he actually was!