This morning, after C's aikido class, she went grocery shopping with Papa. An hour and a half later, C came home and proudly informed me that she did all of the shopping herself, and proceeded to carry in the groceries and put them away. Apparently, Papa followed her and gave her clues where she might find stuff, but otherwise, he let her do it all herself. In a similar way, he helped S make a pie crust for a pot pie. She did everything herself, with just enough direction to be able to do it. This is something I could take a lesson from. I am always eager to jump in and help, or point out a different way to do something. Today, both of these girls were so proud of their accomplishments because they were able to take the reins without interference. Papa was able to step in only when needed, and in the simplest way possible.
When we brought the pot pie to a "Friendsgiving leftover potluck", S could truly say that she made the food we brought, and it turned out great. The crust was filled with chicken, corn, roasted veggies, and gravy from our Thanksgiving day feast, mixed with cream and some added spices. Papa stayed home with C because they were both feeling a little under the weather, but S enjoyed running around with all of the other kids her age at the potluck, and A slept for awhile in various people's arms, giving me a chance to enjoy some of the delicious food ;-) There was also singing and music making, which is always fun.