Emma Kate is well rounded. She loves to dance and loves to wear a tutu. She also loves books and her new favorite spot is the library. For a long time, books ruled our home (which I loved). Books were all she really ever "played" with. In the bed, after dinner, in the morning...it was always books. But, books are now a close second.....behind.......cars. The girl is obsessed with anything with wheels. She was also getting hooked on candy....so we started substituting rewards of any kind with cheapo toys. She always chose a matchbox car. Now, we have so many we cannot even count them. And, like books, she lines them up. By size. By color. By whatever her imagination decides. She never really "vroom vrooms" them. Just lines them up and admires them. It's a little OCD and a little hysterical. The funny thing is, she has car collections everywhere. At Ma-Ma's house, Bean's house and MiMi and Hoppy's house. She knows every car at every house and everywhere it is the same thing....."Can I play cars?"
On September 1, my grandmother turned 79. Seventy-Nine?! The reason I can broadcast that for the blog world to see is because she has always looked about twenty years her junior. And she has acted like it, too. The night she turned seventy nine years old, Emma Kate and I ran over to see her and her sister, my great-aunt Frances and Frances' new apartment (it is is an awesome assisted living community in Auburn). Grandmother, or as Emma Kate calls her, Bean, spent 30 minutes hula-dancing with Emma Kate and then carried her around on her shoulders and back for a little while. That is just not normal. Anyway, just wanted to tell Bean: Happy Birthday!!