The other day Addie and I had gone to the grocery store. On the way home, we passed by my old house, which is about three blocks from their house. Oh . . to still be living that close to them.
Every time we pass, Addie says “I love your old house!” and she’ll say “I love the bathroom” or “I love the kitchen”. We moved out of that house over a year before she was born! When we passed the other day, she said “I love that back yard!”
Here’s how the conversation went from there:
Me: I love everything about that house.
Addie: Me too!
Me: If I still lived there, your mommy could drop you off and you could spend the day with me.
Addie: Oh, I could just walk. She doesn’t have to drop me off. It isn’t very far.
Me: Do you want me to let you out right here and you can walk home . . just for practice?
(There was no one behind me so I pulled over and stopped while we continued the conversation)
Addie: Hmm . . are you going to drive beside me and go the same speed I walk?
Me: No! I have things to do .. I’m going to go on home.
Addie: No! That isn’t safe!
Of course I would not have dropped her off and let her walk!
When we got to their house, which faces the road we were driving down and then we turn right onto their side street, which is where their driveway is . . I asked her if she wanted to get out there and walk across their yard and meet me at the driveway. Yes . . she was willing to do that so I stayed right beside her and she walked, ever so slowly, to the driveway.
She thought she was pretty big.