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You Know I Cropped My Beer Glass Out of That Picture

We were at our local brew pub, grabbing a quick dinner because four of us were sick with colds and one of us couldn’t face the idea of the kitchen, and even though I’d just looked over our budget and we’d just had a we-really-need-to-stop-eating-out-so-often talk, there we were, around the corner from our house, smiling at the server who knows us all too well.  Quinlan was drawing what looked like a dance party out of a fairy tale (she doesn’t like fairy tales, so I’ve no idea where she got that idea)–couples dancing below a disco ball, ladies in ball gowns, smiling faces. She looked up at us. She wanted an idea of what to draw in the room below the one where the partygoers were having such a good time. “Where do people like to go if they need a break from dancing?” she asked. We all made a collective “Um…” sound. A bathroom? An outdoor garden? “Food,” Saoirse suggested. Quinlan looked at us a moment longer.  “I know! A…

Well, Will You Look at That

I was watching Quinn the whole time:  Saoirse was standing at the coffee table, coloring (in a book, not on the table itself.  Not that you’d know that from seeing the formerly all-white table).  Quinn had been playing nearby, but stopped when she noticed what SK was doing.  She crawled closer.  Didn’t take her eyes off of her big sister’s fingers, maneuvering.  She pulled herself up at to standing, still focused on the coloring book, still intent, until she called out and tried to grab one of the crayons out of Saoirse’s hands. Saoirse, of course, was having none of it.  And, I decided, neither should my coffee table. So within a minute, both girls were happily settled into their seats at another table, this time in the dining room, both scribbling away.  And Quinn, at her 14 months, was actually drawing.  Using the crayons–albeit upside down, but that’s some small potatoes when my baby’s an artistic GENIUS–she’d grin at me, then beam at her sister, then go back to scribbling, checking on SK periodically to see what else she should…