Lilly: Excuse me, Mum, you're soooo lucky.
Me: Why am I so lucky Lil? (I thought it had something to do with me being able to
stay up late or the fact that I'm allowed to make the rules or that I get to drink fizzy
water, all of which are regular conversations in our house).
Lilly: You're so lucky because Papa, your Dad, is SOOOOOO cool.
*At this point, Jim did a double take and almost choked on his wine.*
Lilly: I mean, he does magic. He pulls things out of our ears, makes popping noises to
the "Lollipop Song" and makes wine glasses whistle. You're so lucky, Mum.
At the risk of putting words into Jim's mouth that I may have said, I will continue on by saying that Jim and I couldn't contain ourselves. As far as random thoughts go, this one was pretty priceless. One of us brought up the idea that Papa, who is known for his always fashionable elastic bottom pants and tevas, probably hasn't been called "cool", or "sooooo cool" for quite some time.
We relayed this conversation to Dad this over Skype that evening, and as would be expected, this went straight to his head. I'm willing to bet that not too many 5-year old girls describe their grandfathers as cool, but that was indeed Lilly's word of choice. It's a story that will not be allowed to fade away over time.
I have to include an email from Dad, when all the Stephens Family were chatting about Lilly's story. Dad, in true Dad form, wrote:
In all seriousness, Lilly's story just goes to show that the things children need in their lives are so simple. Sure, there are some toys that they love, but when Lilly talks about Papa, she doesn't talk about the things he's given her. She doesn't talk about his job or his house (or lack thereof!) or anything to do with money. She talks about him and his "magic" and his popping noise, which she practices making all the time, and can do herself now--something that I have a hard time doing. What a wonderful, simple world she lives in.
|Papa's magic, in full force.|
|Papa in action--teaching Jack how to skip rocks. Pretty cool indeed.|