Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Blue Hat

The Christmas Lea was three, all she wanted was a blue hat. This is what she told Santa, this is what she told me, and this is what she told every relative who asked. Lea was the first grandchild to three sets of grandparents, three great-grandparents, and the first baby in years on both sides of the family. She was kind of adored. I'm sure it goes without saying that she got some very lovely blue hats that year. I remember asking my mom to buy her a blue coat so she'd have something to wear them all with. She did. But she bought her a hat, too. For Pete's sake! She was three! And it was all that she wanted! How do you deny that?

Nobody did.

I remember people telling me at the time to enjoy it because it wouldn't be long before all she wanted would be a blue car.

She was three.

I laughed and laughed.

A car.

She was still struggling to write her name.

By the time she was old enough to drive a car, we'd all be using jet packs as our predominant method of transportation.

My little doodlebug driving a car. The very thought.

Before next Christmas she'll have her permit.

The very thought.


Cheryl said...

Those years flew by. Blink.

All my nieces and nephews drive. So far so good.

Unknown said...

Oh boy! The fun begins!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I yiyi!!! Driving all ready. Hard to imagine.
Safe travels to Lea and is she saving up for a blue car?
Cheers, jj

Rosa said...

Wow. Ouch. Having been there when she made her first appearance, that doesn't even seem possible. My oldest just said to me the other day, mom can I back the car out of the driveway?! what?! Of course not! He said, but I need to practice, I'll be driving in only 3 yrs.!!! It boggles the mind. People warn you. And you try to be aware of the time passing so it doesn't fly at the speed of light. But it still seems to anyway.
Be safe, Lea!

Liz Mays said...

Oh boy. Enjoy these last months without a blue car.

Claudya Martinez said...

Perhaps she could use some blue driving gloves.

Pam said...

Where does the time go? My oldest has been driving for 2 years now and my youngest starts driver's training the week after Christmas. For some reason that just doesn't seem possible!