A Day With a Six Year Old

I miss my daughter being small and curious. I miss teaching her new things and showing her the world.  So I was happy when my little six year old niece came over, we spent almost all day playing, talking and learning things. 
I also forgot how a kid will wear you out. 

We stayed outside as it was a warm sunny day. I let her tell me all about caterpillars and the man in the moon. You see how the conversations can go from one extreme to the other? 

I showed her honeysuckles and taught her how to taste the sweet nectar. 

 

I was not sure if she would be alergic to them or not so in my defense, I only showed her the trick and told her not to put it in her mouth. What was I thinking? 
 
 

She could not resist tasting the liquid sugar. I think every kid should know about honeysuckles, dont you? 
She loved the taste and slurped about twenty of them. (I haven't gotten a phone call yet).

We later took a nature walk around the yard. We gathered every colored leaf, flower, rock and stick we could find as I was careful to keep her away from any poison oak I saw. I didnt speak of the poision leaves because she would curiously have to test them too.

 

According to my fitbit, we walked around the yard almost three miles before settling down to learn about some moss we found on the ground. Thats when the idea struck to create a fairy garden. 

 

We didn't get to finish the fairy garden because it was time for her to go home. I had to assure her I would keep an eye on it.

We all went out to dinner that night. She had a fit to sit beside me at the table because I was the favorite aunt that day. She asked what kind of work I do. I told her I worked in an office. She looked at me with big brown eyes and with a puzzled look on her face says "Oh and I thought you were an artist." As soon as I accepted that as a compliment she says, "I Think you could make things out of trash". Then suggest I start collecting trash.
Where do they come up with this stuff?

And I think I heard why they call it "the man in the moon" at least ten times. 
Why? Because of craters.

21 comments

  1. Charming - and exhausting. I suspect that 'the favourite aunt' slept well that night.

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  2. LOL- Oh yeah- I have grands that age. They are exhilarating, enchanting, exciting and sometimes downright exhausting. However, I would not change it for the world and I know you wouldn't either. xo Diana

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    1. They dont stay that way long, thats for sure.

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  3. uh huh! I can see how you would be the favorite aunt! And of course she is very insightful, since you are an artist! Great entry and yep, they can wear the BEST out!

    Didn't it rain chillin' didn't it rain!

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  4. Oh that sounds like such a delightful day. That is a great age. I miss my kids being young too. Even my grandkids aren't little anymore.

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    1. My grandkids are all in their 20's now, too--I need a little kid fix!!

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  5. Ha ha, so cute!! So.....ARE you going to start collecting trash? I'm curious! :)

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    1. Hahah . I did make a belt out of can tabs before! But Im not telling her that.

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  6. My mom tells me she misses those days when it came to my brothers. Luckily she's got plenty of grandkids now

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    1. I once told myself Im glad its over but then you miss it.

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  7. You are so right on how we forget how the little ones can wear you out, same here when our grandson comes to visit.

    I'm glad you had a good day with her, learning about honeysuckles is a must in my opinion.

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    1. Yes it is a must I thought too.

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  8. We had our great nephew today and we all had a delightful time. It was COLD here in Alabama. With temps in the low 50s we stayed inside most of the day but we didn't let that get in the way of our fun.
    Your niece looks like a beautiful child.

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    1. She is actually a great niece. She is part Asian and is very beautiful.

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  9. She's adorable, Lisa! Yep, nieces or grandchildren can surely wear you out, but it is so fun to teach them new things and watch their expression as they get it. I have a feeling she'll be a regular to the fairy garden. Great memories in the making!

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    1. I hope she forgets about the fairy garden. Hahaha. Sadly I rarely get to see her.

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  10. Thank you for sharing a bit of the magic.

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