Today was a delight of a day. I managed to take it off and spend it exclusively with my little lady and one of my favorite aunts. Just the girls. No big brother, no little brothers, no one to steal the spotlight from my four year-old princess (or alternatively, drama queen!) in training. Today was just for us and I must say, it was stellar.
We took the train to the city and walked over to Lord & Taylor to see the windows and meet my aunt. This aunt is the kind of aunt you wish for -- she's the one who let me play with her makeup, helped me through my teenage angst, and got me a CB jacket for Christmas circa 1984. If you were in eighth grade in the 80s and leaned toward the Preppy Hand Book side of life, you know just how cool that CB jacket was... it was the perfect complement my matching Bermuda bag and headband. But, I digress...
Today we marveled at the windows, strolled through the windy city streets and bonded over lunch. If you were to ask Ciara about her favorite part of the day, it wasn't the train ride or the Rockefeller Center tree or the windows at Saks or the huge plate of cookies she devoured with hot chocolate; it was "having lunch with Auntie Pat when she gave me my special bracelet."
Just as we sat down, Auntie Pat presented Ciara with what can only be called big-girl bling... a silver charm bracelet with a little angel because, as she put it, Ciara is her angel. While my little lady seemed rather unimpressed with the beautiful gift upon tearing it open (instantly remarking "why isn't the pizza ready yet?"), just a few hours later, it stood out in her mind as the highlight of a day filled with highlights. It's the first thing she told her Dad about and the last thing she took off before bed. It has a special place in her room just as the memories of this day will forever have a special place in my heart.
Today was an excellent reminder of just how good (and perhaps even necessary!) it is to take a day off to bond with your little ones... as I'm told repeatedly and am starting to see firsthand, they really do grow up so fast. So, why not treat yourself to some quality time with them and enjoy it while it lasts?!