As if feeding off my color complex dilemma, Daisy insisted on wearing Stevie’s cowboy boots with her pale pink sundress I put out for her to wear. The boots were a couple of sizes too large and Daisy was clomping around riding her stick horse. Stevie was loudly declaring his insistence that they were “boots for boys” as she gleefully skipped past him.
Most days, Stevie Junior and Daisy are good playmates. Junior teases her more than I would like and holds her toys just out of her reach, which makes her raise her voice. Daisy is stealth. After she realizes what will set him off, she goes for it. I have seen her move his coonskin hat when he wasn’t looking to a new spot and then watch him search for it. I suspect that she has moved his soldiers around from his army set-up when he wasn’t looking. One time while baking with me, she casually dipped the batter covered beater close enough to his head to put chocolate in his hair but he didn’t feel it. I quickly, but silently, removed the beater from her hand.
I grabbed Junior and sat him down at the kitchenette. His face was red and we discussed a different solution to the problem. Luckily he was able to take my advice, along with a fresh brownie, and return to his room to play instead of taking on Daisy while she had the upper hand.
Was I somehow teaching them how to react to future problems or showing them how to manipulate each other? I had time to think about it that night while Steve and I were watching TV together.
I wasn’t very interested in the show and picked up a magazine to read, grabbed my smokes, headed to the front porch and enjoyed the last minutes of summer light without interruption. A little later, Steve poked his head out the door and asked me what I was doing. I thought it looked obvious. I was enjoying some quiet time alone. I guess what I had chosen to do seemed like a lot more fun since Steve came out to join me. I didn’t mind his company since he brought out a drink for each of us to enjoy the sunset. We could still enjoy the quiet, but do it together.