Megan, Sweet Megan

Tonight I babysit for a family by the name of Jehle. When I arrived at 7:05PM respectively, Megan was in need of a bath. \ This being only my 5th night watching the five children, I was not at all sure if the 4-year-old would yet feel comfortable with my helping her bathe. But she surprised me by saying, “Yes,” when asked if she wanted help. Regretfully, she set aside the three containers of nail polish she had held in her hands and rushed to the door to show me. Then we dashed upstairs and plugged up the tub.

Directly afterward we headed for the kitchen table, where I proceeded to paint Megan’s nails — blue, pink sparkles, purple, blue, pink sparkles. On her other hand I chucked that pattern and just did purple, blue, pink sparkles, blue, and purple. Unfortunately, the blue was that cheap little-girl nail polish crap that NEVER stays on. The four times Megan went to the bathroom (she’d had a *lot* of apple juice), she took care to inform me, “Niiiiina! My bdue nail poliss is tumming off…”

“To Grandmother’s House We Go” — or, what I’ve dubbed “the grandma house game” — was played 5 times; I won 2 games and Meg won 3. This game is basically like Candyland, except the play pieces aren’t little colored gingerbread men who trot around the board in attempt to save King Kandy and escape that evil lickerishย guy and melted chocolate fatty monster. In fact, all the grandma-house-game pieces are lost, so Meg and I made-do for 2 rounds with 2 little shells (she got the prettier one), and 3 rounds with 2 different rocks (she got the marble-y one while I got the lava-looking rock ;). The cards players flip are either pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, or red, and all the colors are matched with different shapes. The path curves around the board, and the first player to reach Grandma’s House wins.

Apparently, contrary to my former belief (I played the game a few times with her last week), there IS a skill to this game. Because Meg possesses it!

Oh, goodness. I sometimes get such blooming, happy feelings when I’m babysitting. For example, some of the cards for the grandma’s-house-game might have a message: “Smile at a player and draw another card” “Give a player a Big Hug and draw another card” ย “Make your silliest face at a player and move ahead two spaces.” The first time we played this game, Jon played with us. (It took a little while for Meg to warm up to me the first couple of weeks, and Jon always had to be present to make things less awkward – for her ๐Ÿ™‚ Whenever Megan got one of those cards, she’d to pretty near every single one to her older brother.

Tonight, with only the two of us, she did every. single. one. to me. I was so elated! Since we played the game 5 times over, we got almost all the cards 3 times each. Including the Big Hug one. The first time, I got that card. “Give a player a Big Hug,” I read aloud. I put the card on the board and opened my arms, grinning. “Hug me?” I asked her.

Megan’s grin lit up her entire face and she jumped up and ran into me. “Mmmmm,” I squeeze a few seconds, and as I started to let go I felt her arms still tightly pressed around me. I squeezed again, then began to let go. But she STILL held me tight! After a little while longer, she finally released me.

I couldn’t believe it! I didn’t think she’d EVER do that to me!

Gah. At times like this… I love my job. Even if it is only once a week. โค

 

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10 responses to “Megan, Sweet Megan

  • saritabug

    Hi!

    This is Sarita, Hannah Swerens’ little sister. I’ve been reading your blog for a while.
    I love your latest post! It reminded meโ€”there’s an adorable little blond two-year-old at our church named Libertyโ€”the youngest of eightโ€”and ever since we went to her family’s house, she has always let me pick her up, and she’ll lean real close and hug me!! It’s so cute.
    I hope I can meet you sometime!

    Sarita

  • Christy

    Hey, Sarita!

    Did Hannah tell you I think your name is awesome? Because it is! I must say, I’m tempted to use it in a story sometime… if that’s alright with you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Aw, thank you so much! It really makes me feel good, knowing that there really are people out there who read my posts and enjoy them ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liberty? That’s a pretty name, too. I have a friend who wants to have a daughter and name her Liberty. Names are funky and wonderful things, don’t you think? ๐Ÿ˜€

    Aww, that is SO sweet! I absolutely Love when little kids do that. They see you for the first time and are super shy; then slowly they get accustomed to you, and before you know it – you can throw them in the air, tickle-torture them, and chase them around the room while you both giggle insanely… ahh I love little kids โค ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again for commenting Sarita! You're awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  • saritabug

    Hi!
    Aw, thanks! Oh, sure, you can use my name in a story if you like. The annoying thing is that everyone new I meet calls me Sarina!! Gah! Oh well, I still like it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yes, names are definitely great! There is no end to the number of names out there…
    I know, it is! That’s exactly what it was like with Liberty. Tickle-torture, ha ha! I love them, too.

    Welcome! Awww, thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Christy

    Haha! Well for the record, “Sarita” is way cooler than “Sarina”. My nickname is “Nina” and for the longest time when I introduced myself to people they’d say “Lina? Tiny?” Haha. So we’re alike!

    Mmm, names. Gotta love names. I’m trying to write up a post about them, but it’s not flowing too well. (I’m trying to give myself mini writing/blog assignments just cause I haven’t really written anything aside from school lately… and even with my school my creativity is leaking out before I can manage to use it :/ )

    No problem ๐Ÿ™‚

    Huh… well it must be messed up because of course I didn’t comment at that time ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • saritabug

    Why, thank you! My parents were going to name me Lucy, maybe, but they wanted something with more “oomph” to it, as Mom would say. :o) Linaโ€”Tiny?? That’s weird. Yeah, we kinda are alike!
    I love your nickname! It seems so fitting. Do you like it??

    Yes, names are definitely useful. Without them we’d always be going “Hey, you! No, not you, the other guy! Hey!!” ;oD A post about would be interesting! Hannah posted on her blog about lists once, with all five senses. Pretty interesting. Oh, dear. I hate writing for school, usually!

    Also…I HAVE A NEW STORY IDEA! I’m really excited about it, because I hardly ever get new ones; Hannah, on the other hand gets them by the dozen. ;o) She gets them from dreams a lot. My dreams tend to just be really cool, really creepy, or really confusing. :o)

    Yeah, definitely mussed. It also says I commented back at 10:15 PM. Wha???? :o)

    Sarita

  • saritabug

    Wow. I just seriously messed up my smilies. I’m used to going them with Os for noses, but it messes em’ up Whoopsie! ๐Ÿ™‚

    (THERE! I did it right!!)

  • Christy

    Oops! I meant “Lina” and “TinA” not “tiny.” Haha ๐Ÿ™‚
    Haha! Why, thank you! Actually, I think I just like my nickname with averagely. I don’t think it’s the most amazing thing since sugar-free ice cream, but I don’t despise it like I do, say, greasy hair. Lol. Ok so they’re bad comparisons but you get me ๐Ÿ˜›

    Mmm, I Think I saw that one. But I’m not sure, it’s been a little while since I’ve read through her blog. I need to do so again soon (:

    ~Nina

  • saritabug

    Oh, I see! I was vaguely wondering how that worked. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yeah, I have a lot of really strange nicknames, but I like them. For instance, Hannah calls me Goofygills, Froglegs (because I crouch down with my legs sticking out and hands splayed to make myself look like a frog), and Tweedle. No idea how that one came about. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah, greasy hair is not the best! Ah, I get ya. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yeah, she was going to do a lists one every Sunday, but it didn’t work out. Ah well…
    She needs to make another post!

    Well, I gotta eat lunch, then do history and Physical Science (gulp!)

    Saยฎiโ€ a

  • Christy

    Haha, those are all cool nicknames!

    Well, I plan on checking her blog out right now ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ha. Ha. Good luck with that. In a bit I’m off to do math and science and finish the history test on which I’ve been procrastinating… ๐Ÿ˜›

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