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The Tot has been taking tennis lessons. That’s right, the next Venus Williams, or Billie Jean King, or Chrissy Evrret is amongst us. Or something like that. Though it’s equally possible that she will be the Harlem Globetrotters of the tennis world all by herself.
She’s young, and more concerned with having fun and driving the instructor around the bend than in actually playing tennis, but at this age, that’s what it’s all about anyway.
You see, she’s just happy to be there …
But her mood, as always, can turn on a dime! No, she’s not judgmental about her fellow players. No, really!
Her groundstrokes look picture perfect …
At least with a bit of creative photography. In truth, she rarely makes contact with the ball. I’m not entirely convinced that she understands that the whole point of the game is to actually hit the ball and not just run around and laugh and act silly. And drive the coach to hysterics. But hey, you have to hand it to her for sticking with her strengths!
It’s not entirely clear how this ball managed to miss her racket …
But it appears to have gone straight through the strings to make contact with her forehead. And that big grin never leaves her face.
Always the demure champion …
It’s impossiblee to watch her lessons and not laugh out loud, but I try. I don’t want to encourage her on-court antics too much, but damn they’re cute!
The Tot practices one of the ‘songs’ she has learned at pre-school:
As she describes it “I have some moves with this song!”
The camera operator needs some practice in holding the camera still, but you get the idea.
More to come …
The Tot has been introduced to the concept of Chapter Books. Books longer than a single reading can cover, so she has to keep the continuity from one day to the next. She gets about 3 chapters each night, and she loves it. Her first chapter books were the “Ivy + Bean” series by Annie Barrows. Even I found them to be entertaining! Sadly, we have finished them. But in them, Ivy is always mixing potions for various things. She never has quite all the right ingredients that her potion recipes call for, but she always makes do with what she has.
Needless to say, The Tot was entirely taken with the idea of making potions. She now has a potion-making station on the back deck, and has collected all sorts of things to use in her potions. Fresh (well, now dried, but it was fresh when she picked it) rosemary, some basil, some other grasses and weeds from around the yard (I wish she’d pick more weeds, for sure) and food coloring.
Her potions are complicated, and take a lot of mixing, and they are for all sorts of things. The most recent batch that we made and poured all around the outside of the house was to keep “bad guys” out. Mrs. Tot took a whole series of pictures of the food coloring going in to one of the potion jars that The Tot uses (she has a pretty fancy collection these days), and I was so taken with them that I strung them all together in (yet another) animated series. Check it out below:
Now if she could just make a real potion that worked for love.