This is my birthday gift to my inlaw daughter Claudia and my granddaughter great Emma E. They almost share the same birthdate just one day apart. Emma E. will hear this blue boy story many times and will come to love hearing them. She knows she walks on her toes because she was a dancer before she was a baby to them all. She told her mother this. To the birthday girl and birthday grandmother, my love to you both in a heart hug. I am glad you both chose me to come to. I have loved you both from forever.
Can we make the snowman now, the little one asked. Almost time, I said, almost time. Well, he said, when will it be the right time? And I asked him to think about it. He was still for a minute and then asked me what I meant.
Well, I said, there is a right time and a not so right time about things. Can you name some things that have a right time? He looked at me and with a bright smile that showed gleaming teeth, and said, yes!!! Well then, I said, tell me.
And he looked at me and said that it was always a right time to make cookies. It was a right time to eat ice cream. And it was a right time to take care of those littler than you. And it is always a right time to put your toys away when you are ready for bed.
I agreed with all of those and I said that was good thinking. And then I asked for examples of things that don’t have a right time. Can you think of some and tell me what those are?
Welllll. . . . he said, the not so right time is when you ask me to do something and I am not ready because I am not finished with what I am doing.
Intrigued, I asked, what can you possibly be doing that I don’t know about and especially when it is the right time? And he looked at me with wonder, puzzled. . . . . you don’t know? Nooooo, I said, I don’t.
Well, he said, when I am doing private things and ‘specially when I am telling secrets and those are private things. When I am talking to my friends that you don’t see.
And when do you do that? I asked. When I play and whisper things to them. They whisper back but you can’t hear them. But we have talks and they are my friends. Who are they?, I asked. These are good friends from before. When, before ?, I asked. Before I came to you, he said. They are my forever friends, he said. Forever.
Hold onto them, I said. Hold tightly to them. And you be their forever friend. Tell me next time you talk so that I can wait till you are through. I know, he said that you have forever friends. How do you know this?, I asked. I see you move your lips and I know you are talking to your forever friends. I watch-ed you, he said. I watch-ed you.
And then I hugged this little forever friend who watch-ed me.