Yesterday was the two-year anniversary of CapFABB, a DC-area fashion blogger organization. They do a ton of events in the area and I’ve been dying to get more involved and meet more local bloggers. They were holding an event with Front Row in Bethesda – a screening of The Tents, followed by a cocktail party. I made plans to drop Guinevere off with Tyler at work and continue heading up to Bethesda – solo – for a night of fashion and fun.
Once I picked Guinevere up from daycare and got her settled in her carseat, I asked her like I always do, “What did you do today?” Normally, she replies, “Look, a tree!” or something else completely unrelated. Yesterday, she told me about how she made noodle necklaces, but she couldn’t eat the noodles. And kept telling me about how they played with these noodles, and how fun it was.
I already knew what she’d done that day – daycare sends me pictures. Plus, I’d sent in the raw pasta noodles for the activity. But to hear my not-quite-two year old voluntarily telling me about what she’d done, so that I could understand – it was incredible. We had a conversation the entire way to Tyler’s office, and it wasn’t just me asking questions like, “What sound does a duck make?” so she could reply, “Quack!” – we talked about the trucks and buses that we passed on the highway, and about what she does at school, and a dozen of other things.
And I realized – in three years, she will be re-telling her day in vivid detail, and perhaps I’ll be annoyed or drift in and out of the conversation as she recalls every word exchanged with a friend. But in ten years? She won’t be sharing..her day will be “fine”. So when Guinevere and I parked to go meet Tyler, I realized – I don’t want to miss any more of today.
So I skipped it. We went to dinner as a family to Rio Grande (my favorite restaurant) and Guinevere was incredible. She was laughing and talking and SO well behaved. She ate all her food, devoured the salsa, and used her manners. We didn’t have to pull out the iPad once.
After dinner, we went to walk around, and ended up at the grassy area by the splash pad (which hadn’t been turned on yet for summer) and Guinevere had a blast exploring and running around. Hearing that little voice call, “Come on, Mommy!” and tug at my hand so we could “Go on an adventure!!” – well, I made the right call. I needed to be with my family last night.
The years are short, right? I don’t want to miss a second. There will be more fashion shows in the future.
On the bright side, I had my camera. So, you know, outfit pics. Not many, since we had to snap and sprint after a busy toddler, but I felt pretty fancy for Reston 😉