September 6, 2013

Fire and Ice


"Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings 
were more thrilling than understanding could ever be." 

Millie and I went out for ice cream on a whim tonight. We got out little cups and found a corner booth while Walter snoozed away next to us in the car seat. Isn't this nice? I thought. Maybe this is what we needed after the past few days (or weeks...or months...)

But I shifted in my seat and looked at my phone. She turned and glanced at the TV. I handed her napkins. She scooped more spoonfuls of ice cream into her mouth. It began to feel like some sort of awkward first date, and I didn't know why. I realized then that we talk so much about the day to day- where we're going, what we're doing, and you need to settle down before you wake your brother- that we are lacking in some of the relationship areas. It's something I think about with marriage, but for some reason, it had never occurred to me that it could happen with my kids, too.

So I looked at her and said, "Millie. Do you know what you're going to be when you grow up?"

"I'm going to be a fighter-fighter (firefighter)! Like Pa-pa. And I'm going to make a fire and wear a red shirt and wear red pants and a hat and I'm gonna have mittens so if I touch the fire it doesn't get ouchy on me and I'm going to see the smoke and the fire! And I'm going to be a mommy when I grow up."

"Oh yeah? Are you going to have a boy or a girl baby?"

She stirred her banana cream pie ice cream in a few little circles. "Um, I'm just gonna have both and I'm going to name him Walter!"

And I was so glad I had asked.

13 kind comments from you:

Michelle said...

Aw, that's so cute. I love how it just comes out of her.

Mrs.B said...

Awweee, it's just those little moments that make it all seem okay.

Chantal said...

What a sweet girl.

Fran said...

That silly goose will make the best firefighter ever ;)

Michelle said...

Precious!!

Jamie said...

So sweet.

Allie said...

Unforgettable moments! Love this.

@Melissa_Dell {on twitter} said...

I can't wait to take a date with Aubrey like this!

Jen said...

Oh I just love this! :)

Jenna Guizar said...

Beautiful :) She's so glad that you asked!

Laura Darling said...

What a cutie!

blm said...

it's so easy to get disconnected from those we see every day. so glad you had this sweet moment with millie.

robin stilley said...

I don't know you but have followed your blog very sweet and encouraging. I have two small children 4 and 1 and one due next month--- I can relate so well and it's nice to not feel alone on this journey

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