On May10 Husband Walter and I joined grandson Walker, his family and friends in Baton Rouge to celebrate his birthday anniversary #4.
His mom and dad had pulled together at their home a superheroes party featuring some of the characters that Walker and his friends emulate in their play.
We arrived a few minutes early. Walker recognized Nana and Baboo as excellent candidates for introduction to the huge bouncy house his parents had rented with set up and take down included. Our enthusiastic four-year-old (minus two days) guide pointed out each feature of the blow-up rental.
Then he climbed through the entry guarded by a giant Batman. He bounced, climbed and slid down a huge slide that was part of the bouncy house. And he checked with me regularly to be sure that I was watching him or to alert me that I needed to pay special attention to the next maneuver he planned.
Walker engages in birthday fun.
Soon other guests arrived, and Walker and his posse of neighborhood four-year-old boys put the bouncy house to constant use. Their enjoyment was evident in laughter, non-stop action, cheeks red from exertion and clothes drenched with perspiration.
Meanwhile the girls, all Molly Kate’s neighborhood friends and older sisters of Walker’s buddies, enjoyed the party with Molly Kate. They dipped into MK’s supply of princess and fairy attire. They accessorized lavishly and buzzed around in their own non-stop action.
I didn’t hear any complaints of little brothers intruding on the girls’ occasional retreats to MK’s bedroom. Maybe the boys were too intent on their own fun to be tempted by the appeal of tormenting their sisters.
Molly Kate "brother-proofs" her room.
Or maybe the signs MK created and posted had an effect. During a visit in March, I first saw the warning above on MK’s bedroom doors from the hall and from the jack-and-jill bath.
* * * * *
Walker at three years old
Our son Jeremy posted on Facebook this conversation shortly before Walker’s 4th birthday:
Jeremy: As I'm waiting for Walker to fall asleep, his tiny little voice whispers, “Daddy...guess what!”
Walker: “I love sleeping.”
Jeremy: Thinking about getting him a man card for his birthday.
Our littlest man is a baby no longer.