Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the day in town with the oldest of my littles. ‘M’ is almost 5 and was an absolute gem to be around as I carted her around to different places around town. While here [in Stockholm] I’m trying hard not to lose the joy of this beautiful city and taking her with me yesterday really helped me to see things in a new and beautiful light.
Because it’s such a seldom occurrence for her, riding the train was an adventure all on it’s own. She sat wide-eyed watching everything pass by… She made little comments and observations and had all the other passengers smiling along with her.
The one-on-one time allowed me to relax and really e n j o y her company. She is so full of life and I think we both let our guards down a little bit. We skipped through the subway station and I’m sure irritated people around us as we avoided stepping on “the cracks” as per her suggestion.
We didn’t care though. We were kids and it was fun.
Our first stop was one of the main shopping streets, Drottninggatan. There we found a BIG Halloween ghost and while she admitted he was “very, very scary,” she allowed me to take her picture with him. But just one. I’m so glad she did.
Next stop was Gallerian Mall. As it was Saturday and Saturdays in Sweden are known as the candy day for kids, we enjoyed a fika at a café. She chose a chocolate cupcake from a place called “American Cookies” and I think she liked it…
Our main mission was to get to Stadsbibliotek, or the city library for Songs and Storytime in English. After fika we stopped at BR, the toy store to briefly look for some ideas for birthday presents as her 5th is coming up next month!
Then we made our way to the library and met up with my friend Amanda. ‘M’ quickly warmed up to her, just as I did and we all enjoyed the veryyy enthusiastic leaders as they read and sang with us.
When we left the library, ‘M’ grabbed one of each of Amanda and my hands and had the biggest smile on her face. I think it made her feel extra special to have not just one, but TWO big girls there to hang out with her.
On the ride home, ‘M’ said, “Cate, Can we do that again tomorrow? I love you.” When little voices say those three words, it makes all the difficult days totally worth it. Cheers to more great days.