With enthusiasm and joy, Vi turned 2 this week. Scheduling complications for the grownups actually resulted in two celebrations and two "minimalist" events involving bite-sized birthday cake and tiny pink cookies.
Here she is modeling her new crown, a new dress beneath an old favorite tutu, and new duds for her dolls. Nothing about this child's upbringing told her to like pink, choose dresses instead of pants, or nurture dolls more than her brother does. And she does love to run, climb, and play ball...but these days she usually does it while wearing pink. It's funny because nobody wants to push the kids into gender role stereotypes, and we'd be happy whatever their choices, but who doesn't love to see little girls in pretty pastel dresses? (The me of the 1970s would be shocked.)
One of her birthday gifts was a plastic tea set, so Pa and I had a little tea party for Vi and Augie. We served make-believe tea and actual pink cookies. Both kids love food-related toys, so this is a big hit--as is the shopping cart with toy groceries she got from her daddy's parents. When daycare ends for the summer, we'll send the tea set home. They will play waiter and chef, taking someone's order, shopping for the ingredients, then preparing and serving the food--a game they already love to play, even without props. Happy Birthday, granddaughter.