Living Arrows: a little moment of the week to pause, savour and treasure
All of our Duplo lives in two baskets next to the play kitchen. It’s probably our most played with toy, even if Pip’s chief activity is simply emptying it out onto the floor. And with Kitty taking a rare but very much needed Sunday afternoon snooze, the littlest two gravitated back towards their favourite.
But not as I thought, to empty it out and build a castle. Because now that Pip is wobbly tottering around the lounge, it turns out that our two Duplo boxes are the absolute perfect height to make seats for the pair of them.
Pip perched their first and then Elma ran in to give him the most adoring smothering cuddle.
Because I’m away at work most of the time that Kitty is away at school and then we’re all together at the weekend I don’t get to see Elma being a big sister so much any more. And as she gets nearer and nearer to three, and her baby brother becomes more of a person to play with it’s wonderful to see all of her sisterliness come out. She is a proper big sister in her own right, not merely Kitty’s echo and shadow and she and Pip are building an incredible bond.
He in his turn, despite his expression is as much a fan of Elma as she is of him. It’s funny, that subtle change that has come about since the summer, when he mostly had eyes only for Kitty; now it’s Elma he looks to for reassurance too, and Elma whose name might be his first word that isn’t Mama, Dadda or an approximation of “get down!”.
And so they sat in the Duplo baskets, quite companionably and chatted, well Elma chatted and Pip said “Da!” at all the appropriate moments, two happy little people on a cozy Sunday afternoon.