The Playground Diaries Part IV


Today the playgrounds were empty, and I don’t blame anyone for that. Apparently we skipped autumn and went directly to winter. I just bought a winter jacket last weekend, and today was the first day I had to wear it. I’ll tell you how I feel about that: It sucks! I’m not a big fan of autumn, but at least there’s some sun, fallen leaves and all that stuff, but that doesn’t seem to be happening this year.

So I’m guessing parents were doing what I did, head right back home, or were sitting in the cafés for parents and kids, though I didn’t see a lot of people in there when I passed by one of them. The sun was shining a bit, but it wasn’t a good day to hang out at the playground, even more so with no people around to watch. So apart from doing some chores I spent most of my time with Mari inside, which I have to get used to anyway.

It’s cool, because you get more time to squish her, to play with her and to just watch her, compared to pushing her around in a pram, or her sitting on your lap watching life on the playground, while not showing much interest in you.

I also spent some quality time at the cupcake shop, getting totally high on sugar from a chocolate cupcake and a hot chocolate. What I realized there is that you just have to point a laughing baby in the general direction of some girls sitting on another table, and it’ll do magic. Not that I did it, or that I’d have any interest in it, Mari did all of the work herself, but it confirmed a suspicion I had. Before I keep blabbing on about this, and you start to think less of me, let’s get to something serious.

J and one of her mum friends played with the idea of opening their own alternative kindergarten. You basically set up something like a business, get some space (usually in what used to be a shop). It’s not an easy feat to pull off, put I fully support it. Waiting for a kindergarten space for your kid is more of a gamble around here, so we’d have no problem filling the spaces to make it a sustainable “business.” There’ll be bigger updates about this, I’m sure, but it’s starting to take some shape, and to get a bit more serious.

As always, I had good fun with little Mari today. She’s so squishable and entertaining, and it’s so awesome to watch her grow and learn. I can’t say that enough. Watching her laugh makes us laugh, you can’t do anything about that, it’s so infectious. Mari just makes me very, very happy.


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