Lovely evening outside when the rain broke into just a slight drizzle.
Got shoes on and Antonio carefully got on his side to go down the step to the porch and then after tapping a couple pebbles together, off he went! First stop: trailer parked across the street.
He touched all the tires, checked out any wiring he could find, crouched down to look underneath, and tapped on any metal parts while giggling.
Dance break in the street. Stopped in the street to dance, first fancy tap dance style, followed by bending his knees over and over and bouncing. And giggling. Can’t forget the giggling. :-)
He takes off down the street on the sidewalk, squeals with excitement as we pass our neighbor’s house who has doggies (but were not outside at the time) and he takes a detour to walk on the wet leaves in the grass. Up the next street we go, stepping on the leaves, up to the house with a witch hanging in a tree for Halloween. Squealing and breathing with excitement, he goes up to the witch to look at her and feel her legs. I pick him up so he can see her and admire her, while keeping the neighbor’s lights and yard intact. ;-)
Back up the street we go. Toddler-man Antonio crouches on the sidewalk, and takes a moment to feel the wet concrete. Feels the concrete, looks at his hands, rubs them together, repeat. Wipes hands on pants, off we go.
Squealing, he takes off to our next door neighbor’s house, and runs up to the water spout. He crouches down, watching the rain water drip from it, and puts his hands underneath to catch some in his hands and feel it. Bliss.
One more dance break on the sidewalk, followed by splashing some puddles in the street with his hands, and he climbed back up the porch, into the house, where he sat down waiting for me to take off his shoes, jacket and wet pants. Baby legs and free-style play time!
Ellen Lorraine Niemeier