|I'm this girl's chauffeur. The one in the back is usually along for the ride.|
If we weren't making that drive twice a week, Ladybug and I wouldn't be spending that time alone, save Dory, in the car together those mornings, talking about everything. The car is a great place for kids to open up about things. Ladybug wouldn't be able to share with me how much she loves staring out her window, watching the sun slowly rise all pink and orange in the eastern sky. There's something wonderful in hearing her call out, "The sun's coming up, Mama! Look how beautiful it is today! God made that!" I'm just blessed by that. It also doesn't miss my attention that it's ironic that the child who hates waking up in the mornings actually loves the sunrise.
I also wouldn't know how much Ladybug loves autumn and the changing colors of the leaves. We've gotten so much joy lately, just watching for and pointing out trees with leaves lovely shades of red, orange, and yellow. She gets so excited when she's the first to see a particularly pretty tree. We wouldn't have that if I didn't get up a 5 am twice a week so we can drive to school together.
When we're not watching the sunrise or looking for leaves, we're listening to the local Christian radio station, KLRC, to hear music we could hear on my phone but also the traffic report, the weather, news, and just general positive commentary. I always want to start Ladybug out each day on a positive note. That's not always easy, considering the struggle we often have in getting her out of bed in the mornings. However I feel that it's important that I impart a spirit of joy and of love to her before she goes out on her own without me those days.
Usually once we're off the Interstate, we switch to the iPod and listen to The Sound of Music Original Soundtrack. Often Ladybug brings her Chewie with her, and I have heard Chewbacca singing "My Favorite Things." As we wait in carline, Dory watches from the window for squirrels and random people who'll pet her, while Ladybug is usually out of her carseat and bouncing to "The Lonely Goatherd."
So far, I love being her chauffeur. I know that sounds crazy, and I'll probably regret saying so in five to ten years. Right now though, it's awesome. I never tire of discovering the awesomeness of the person who occupies the backseat of my Camry. I loved the cute, fat baby with the spiikey blonde hair, but the sweet, silly, smart girl with the long golden hair is even better - even when she give looks like this in school pictures! Seriously, a friend said she's the nicest kid in class. You just can't tell here! She definitely has my heart!
|Photo credit: Michelle Gonzalez Photography|