Last night at dinner, Riley kept repeatedly poking herself in the eye with the spout of her sippy cup. While I have seen a few sippy cup related injuries in my travels (most are better left "unsolved"), I was pretty sure that, at this advanced age of 2 1/2, Riley had mastered the "cup-from-table-to-lips" maneuver. The degree of difficulty was low and, honestly, the judges are usually on her side.
When I asked her what was going on, she said that she was pretending that she was looking through binoculars. Once the swelling went down and Riley's vision returned after a bout of lactic acid blindness, we all had a good laugh.
Cut to first thing this morning . . .
I found myself, as I usually do right after getting up, in a position where I can have some deep meditation and reflection. A . . . constitutional, if you will. Sitting near the sink were two empty toilet paper tubes -- all that's left to remind me of deep thoughts past. Inspiration struck, as it sometimes can in moments like this, and I took the tubes out to the kitchen when Riley and I went to make breakfast.
Before she could finish her Cheerios and milk (placed EXACTLY in the proper spot of her Dora the Explorer placemat), her pancake (split exactly in two and placed in/on Dora's right hand), and, of course, her milk (in the dreaded sippy cup and placed exactly in/on Dora's left hand) -- I was able to find some elusive tape and construct a beautiful pair of toilet paper tube binoculars.
You would have thought that I whipped out the Hope Diamond from the way she reacted when I presented her with her new precision optical device. It could possibly be the most well received present in the past month. All well and good until you think about it in terms of the $40 Tickle Me Elmo Extreme that we sprung for last week. It was well received also, but depressingly, not as well as the tissue speckled remains of two rolls of butt-wipe and 18" of Scotch tape.
Simple wins. Again.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to tape a picture of Mr. Ed to the dog and tell her that I bought her a pony.