Lucy gets hungry. She’s a resourceful girl, so she doesn’t trouble us about it too much. Examples:
- Today, I bought a giant bag of chocolate chips from Sam’s Club. I had gone back into the garage to put stuff in the deep freeze, and when I came back in, she had melted chocolate on her face.
Girlfriend ditched her pretzel, got herself a stool and a pair of scissors and helped herself to chocolate. It took a few tries, but when a girl needs chocolate, don’t be thinking she’ll just give up.
- Around Thanksgiving time, Gordon was downstairs passing through the kitchen. Lucy had come down and went over to Grandma McAllister’s china cabinet. She opened up one of the side doors, pulled out a cookie, shut the door and left. Secret stash?
- I came downstairs one morning and the fridge doors were both open and the bottom drawer was pulled out. I asked aloud who had left it open and Lucy came sauntering around the corner eating a slice of bologna and said, “What?” She’s two.
- I’d made cookies for a missionary zone conference and while I was putting more dough on the pan, Lucy was helping herself to a couple off the cooling rack.
- On Christmas Eve, Lucy came downstairs wearing a small backpack. When she got to the bottom of the stairs, she opened it up and dumped out peanut M&Ms and a pair of scissors! I figured Gordon had given her the candy since it was his, and that the kids had left the scissors out. Nope. She’d scaled the wire shelves in our closet to get the M&Ms on the top shelf. She’d pushed a stool to the dryer and climbed on top to open the cupboard where we *safely* store the scissors.
- A couple of weeks ago, Gordon and I were talking in the kitchen after church. Lucy wandered in, opened her favorite side door on the china cabinet, and pulled out an old, discolored and shriveled something-or-other. I honestly didn’t know what it was, but upon closer inspection (thankfully before she took a bite), I realized it was a slice of bologna.
- Lucy doesn’t just take care of her own needs. She cares deeply about her dolls and stuffed bunny family and Star Wars action figures. There was a lot of leftover jello and chocolate milk after the Community Supper, so I brought some home for the kids. I’m a bad Mormon and the kids rarely get jello (though now that they’ve discovered it, it’s a common request. Maybe I should learn how to make it?). Anyway, I found Lucy feeding her doll orange jello. Very sweet. I also noticed one of her dolls was covered in chocolate milk. I said that Lucy must’ve been trying to give her a drink, and Vanessa, while practicing her ballet “ultimate spins” in the living room said, “No, she’s giving her a bath!” Sure enough, Lucy had one of her dolls sitting in a cup of chocolate milk.
Gordon is home! He flew home Sunday and I’m so glad he’s back. There were protests at the airport (LAX) and Delta’s system had shut down which resulted in lots of canceled flights and everything being done manually, so we were very fortunate his flights worked out and he made it home. Late, but home.
It was after 10 and I had all the kids with me since my flight tracker had said everything was on time. The kids were all tired and Truman was going nuts in the backseat. He and Lucy are the most wild when they’re tired, everyone was antsy. It was getting ridiculous back there and when I knew Gordon was picking up his bag, I turned and told the kids, “Hey, let’s all put on smiling faces and act excited when Dad gets in the car.” Vanessa said, “Or, we could just yell, ‘Surprise!'” Excited as we were to have him home, that was about all we could muster.
Ack! Lucy just came upstairs from her nap (already?? She usually sleeps another hour!) and is covered in chocolate. Where on earth…? I can never find chocolate when I need it. Anyway, I’m off to find the source!