The other day a fellow preschool mom, whose daughter is in Julia's classroom at nursery school, called out of the blue to invite Julia over to play tomorrow morning. Alone. And stay for lunch. This mom even offered to drive Julia back home afterward, which I refused since it's hard to get to our house these days due to a massive road-construction project going on right outside our door, and it just seemed, well--too nice of her. She's going to have my kid over, feed her a meal, AND navigate a construction detour all over creation to bring her back home? The least I can do is spare her that last part.
This is our first drop-off playdate experience, and I'm not used to someone else offering to WATCH MY CHILD FOR ME. For free. Someone who's not even related to me. Someone I hardly know! (Although, I should emphasize, we've known this family superficially for over a year now and they are extremely friendly and sweet, just not anyone we've socialized with outside the preschool hallways.) Apparently Julia's little classmate has been asking to have Julia over to play. How sweet is that? As for Julia, she's super-excited. I wondered if she'd be hesitant, since we've never visited this family before and she's never played one-on-one with this child, let alone eaten a meal at her house, but right away Julia was thrilled with the invitation. I hope she's as eager tomorrow morning when Genevieve and I drop her off.
Now I just need to find someone who wants to spend a morning with GENEVIEVE.