Letter to Zeke: Twenty-Eight Months

April 14th, 2010 by Rainey

Dear Zeke,

This was a fun month.  We celebrated Palm Sunday with Grammy and Grandpa and Easter with Aunt Katie, followed by a short visit from your Nana the next weekend.  Though your introverted parents are exhausted from hosting so many lovely guests, you were thrilled to have all the attention.

On Palm Sunday you dressed in your cute green and white checked shirt (color planned to match the palms, thank you very much) and your new green crocs.  You were styling during our church-wide Easter egg hunt.  The preschoolers hunt for eggs on the playground so that they aren’t knocked out of the way by the bigger kids.  My hope was that this year you would look for eggs rather than being more interested in the gravelly pebbles.  Though you didn’t collect pebbles, you also found the eggs incredibly uninteresting, choosing instead to go play on the playground equipment.  There is little you like more than a good slide.  Kinley was upset that you might be climbing the ladder at one point to get an egg that was just out of her reach.  We asked if you could hand her the egg.  You gladly tossed her the egg and then went down the slide again, happy to forgo the whole egg-related competition for some sliding and climbing.  I ended up picking up a few eggs for you and then re-hid a couple for some boys who arrived late.  You didn’t care a whit.

Easter was, as always, a busy affair, as was the entirety of Holy Week.  On Thursday your aunt Katie arrived and kept you while mommy was at the Maundy Thursday service.  Miss Mattie kept you while mommy was preaching at the community Good Friday service.  (You went to McDonald’s, demanded a red dragon toy, and pleasantly ordered her about for a couple of hours.)  On Saturday we dyed Easter eggs for the first time.  You LOVED it!  After they dried we added some stickers.  It was a lot of fun.
On Easter morning I had to leave by about 6 to lead the sunrise service at the retreat center, so you and daddy were on your own.  You looked adorable in your green and brown shirt and your brown chucks as well as your very first tie!  You waffled between being proud of and being annoyed by it.  So cute.  After the marathon of services, your aunt Katie, mommy, daddy and you went home to see what candy might have been left for you.  We didn’t talk much about the Easter bunny, though you had heard about it plenty from kids at school.  When asked what Easter was about, you told me that “Jesus died.”  Not quite.  But you got the general idea.  When asked who Jesus died for, you would yell “ALL OF US!” and then go on to enumerate those you thought were particularly gifted by the resurrection: “Mommy, Daddy, Isaac, Caleb, YOU AND YOU AND YOU!  And bears.  And eggs.”  We got a little off track.  But the general idea was still intact.  When I tried to interest you in the actual resurrection, you decided to go do something else.  Ah well.

You received far too many gifts from all the loving people at church and from your grandparents.  Then we headed to Miss Mattie and Papa John’s for Easter dinner.  Then you napped in the car with daddy so that mommy and aunt Katie could go to a movie.  We ended the day at the Lewis’.  Which made it near about perfect.  :)

The weekend following Easter Nana came up and brought you a new big boy  bed.  You were ambivalent and wary.  You did not want the crib to be taken down, though you hadn’t slept in it in ages.  You cried when daddy was taking it apart, telling me that it was “Falling apart” over and over.  We had some quiet time talking about how it is hard to grow up sometimes because it brings changes that are scary even as they are exciting.  After we rearranged your room and set up the new bed, we bought some fire truck sheets and a pirate quilt.  You still were not convinced.  The past few nights have involved a good bit of coaching and cajoling you to sleep and you aren’t staying asleep through the night yet in the new bed, but it is getting easier.  Change is hard sweet one.  But it isn’t all bad.

We have fun with you everyday.  You tell stories about alligators and sharks.  You play outside in the castle and we go to parks and playgrounds.  You run around full speed wherever you are going, sometimes scaring us to death.  And you are, as ever, our sweet, crazy boy.



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