I was able to play the role of a Stay At Home Mom today as I didn't have to be in the office until early afternoon, and the weather was a delicious 81 degrees just PERFECT for playing outside. Theo and I were outside in the yard by nine o'clock blowing bubbles and commenting on all the flowers popping up. We collected sticks. We counted rocks. Theo pointed out all the different equipment being used by the landscapers a few houses down, schooling me in Heavy Machinery 101. "PAY LOADER MOOOM! EXCAVATOR RIGHT DERE! LAWN MOWER LOUD, CUTTING GRASS MOOOOM!"
We hopped in the car and went to Target, where we had an extended conversation about why this one woman was pushing her cart down the paper towel aisle ("She's shopping honey." "WHY?" "Well, I don't know. She must be out of paper towels." "WHY?" "I've never met her before, honey, I don't know. Maybe she has a toddler at home who spills juice a lot and she uses paper towels to wipe up the mess." "WHY MOM?" So on and so forth). We passed through the gardening aisle where Theo fell in love with a pair of toddler galoshes and he threw a fit about not being able to buy "little boy rain booties." Fellow mothers smiled and nodded in camaraderie.
The icing on the cake was going to our local petting zoo after our errands were done. This is one of Theo's favorite places ever and I was so excited to finally be able to take him. He held my hand the entire time (his choice) and showed me the ducks in the pond. The moo cows ("Hi Mister Cow!"), the donkeys ("Eeee awwww!") and the lambs ("Baa baa black sheep Mommy?"). Twin goats were born just yesterday so we watched them try to stumble around in the hay. Another mother and I decided that she would take the girl goat and I would take the boy goat and just carry them around in Baby Bjorns all day, they were so precious. He led me to the horses ("Danger mom, horsies bite. Be careful.") where we were able to see one take a nice bathroom break, much to the delight of all the toddler boys around us.
We held hands and talked, pointed at things and laughed. We were hot and sweaty and smelled like summer. It was a fabulous way to start my long work day and even if our outings were to Target, the dry cleaners, and the petting zoo which he frequents on a regular basis, I hope he enjoyed the time together. Being a working mom is hard, but I think it makes these days, the average days, all the more memorable.