Five for Fighting The Riddle
One of the most important functions we can do for our children is to promote literacy. Literacy is a transitional skill used for all learning and communication in a civilized society. I have always believed it as an important skill which needs to be developed and nurtured as early as possible to answer life’s greatest riddles. Today, we read a book from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library collection titled A House that Jack Built which we purchased through a used book store. Although I signed Gracie up for this program within the first week she was born, I was extremely eager to see the caliber of books this program provided.
My research on the program led me to believe that it is an early childhood literacy program which provides a free book every month from birth up to the age of five. The program started as a rural project in East TN and now included most of North America and the United Kingdom. The first book everyone receives is The Little Engine that Could and the last book is Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come. We followed A House that Jack Built with A Badger’s Meal. Both books kept me on my toes because they were lengthy and forced the reader to recall previous events through memorization and symbols which is rare in most children’s books.
Ashleigh held Gracie as I stumbled with recalling specific events within each book. Both seemed to laugh at me as I was trying to read and recall certain events and symbols. We followed up the reading with the changing of the diaper. Surprisingly, diaper changing can be a comfortable routine with enough repetitive exposure. My diapers are more symmetrical and no longer sag as much; the entire process take no longer than one minute. Gracie smiles at me sometimes when I wipe her and I wonder what she is thinking about. Ashleigh wanted to sing lullabies and after the first two we had to look up lyrics for other ones on the internet via Google. That was pretty funny and embarrassing.
The joys of parenthood also include nursery furniture shopping. Some people go with room packages, while others such as us want to make it as clean, contemporary and transitional as possible. We as a couple decided to shop for Gracie’s dresser. Although this is a not a huge spectacle of any sort for a normal family, it is a huge ordeal for my wife and I because she is an avid HGTV watcher. I am usually in the same room as she watches these shows. On behalf of all husbands/significant others, I would like to curse this channel to eternal damnation.
To my wife, furniture should not only serve a function, but create ambiance in the house. This is because she is a firm believer in finding contemporary pieces which have traditional accents. This helps in balancing between modern and classic. Prior to physically shopping for Gracie’s furniture, we explored all online outlets and catalogues in an effort to hunt down the perfect dresser. This was a huge task because this dresser was to serve as a changing table, storage, and an accent piece of Gracie’s room. It was so huge that Ashleigh opened up the box of crib parts to grab a side piece of the railing and carried it around from furniture store to furniture store. We physically went and left each physical brick and mortar furniture store with disappointment.
We were left with one option and it was a factory direct warehouse. The factory furniture warehouse was were we found multiple pieces which best matched Gracie’s crib. The piece I originally found was tucked away in a corner and we became worried about it being too large for the room. We asked for other pieces and were led to a piece which was a miniaturized version. Ashleigh examined the piece by imagining uses for the open shelf space along with drawer space and imagined putting things into them. She measured the height and wanted to know how well it would fit a changing pad with a baby in it. We took measurements of the piece and went back home to to look for a changing pad which would fit via online retailers.
An SUV, cross over or minivan is a must have with kids because it transports people, family, items and space. Since Gracie’s birth we have utilized our full-sized suv to it’s full capacity to haul large pieces and loads to and from storage along with large furniture pieces. A must have is also a leather interior to resist stains and wear.
If things went well we would come back the next day and purchase the transitional dresser. One major cornerstone of the nursery was within grasp on our path towards the nursery’s completion.