Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Conversations with Harper

Tuesday morning, 6:20 a.m.

Mid-way through decaf coffee, which only annoys me in its uselessness.

Harper is watching Dora save something from the something in three easy steps. And Dora uses a map, not GPS. ..a disproportionately large-headed girl after my own heart.

Cinnamon rolls baking. . . . reminding me that it's finally Fall. Perfect.

I think Harper might be just a little chilly, so I wrap a blanket around her, which she kicks off. "No blankie. You have it."


I accept and settle in to check the weather amid the hum of the city: The occasional siren, car doors closing, engines starting, the rumble of garbage trucks. Everyone's awake.


Wait.. garbage trucks?! OH CRAP.

Y'all know how to dance goes from here - sweaty head, pajama pants, wet flip-flop feet striking out across the grass, pretty much looking like something out of the attic of Jane Eyre..

Two hands full of cardboard from the inside trash, when I realize I can't open the back door without disrupting the stack of Jenga'd boxes I'm balancing.


I cut my eyes at the small little lump on the couch with four potentially helpful appendages. On a whim, I give it a try. After all, she surprises me every day:

Me: Harper, can you please open the door for Mommy?

Harper: Oooh, boxes. Yes!

Me: Yes, boxes. I'm taking them to the trash can. Can you help?

Harper: Oooh, trash can!

Me: (resorting to cave woman talk) Yep. The door. Open. Please?

Harper: Oh-Kaaaay! (doesn't budge.)

Me: Humph. (open door on my own, somehow, some way. hear me roar.)

Harper: Great job, Mommy! You did it! Yay! (claps)

3 comments:

  1. Hahahaha! What a great little cheerleader you had! This happens to us all the time. I ran after the truck - empty handed - one time, just to let them know I needed two minutes to get my trash. They were in a kind and giving mood that day and waited for my pajama'ed self to haul the bags out to them!

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  2. i'm clapping, too... if it makes you feel any better.

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  3. Just wait for next years installment...Conversations with Harper & Danica lol

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