Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Diaper Maelstrom

Now that she is mobile, Alice has discovered the nice little wooden end table in which I store diapers. Two shelves, each with three stacks of, oh, twelve or fifteen diapers. (In behind is another such stack, so I can tidily store a couple weeks' worth of diapers in there.) Normally when she's here I pivot it so that the solid back faces out, but today I forgot. I stepped into the kitchen for a moment to stir a pot, and when I return, my livingroom is a maelstrom of white! Diapers fly left and right, shrieks of delight puncture the air -- and my eardrums. How, you might wonder, could such a tiny child strew that many diapers in the nine seconds my back was turned? (Though you all have tiny children. You probably aren't wondering at all...) Because GEORGE was helping her!! Three-year-old, responsible George, is merrily flinging diapers all over the living room!! Woo-hoo!! This is what happens when energetic toddlers stay inside all morning... Of course George must help clean it up. He's a little miffed that baby Alice isn't expected to put any away, but is mollified when Thomas volunteers to help. Yay, Thomas! What a good friend you are! In fact, this task is right up Thomas's alley. He's absolutely terrific at puzzles, and what is this but a giant, practical, super-absorbent puzzle? The diapers must be sorted by size and brand - which means sorting them by the pictures on their waistbands. The plain white Sesame Street ones are Alice's; the Sesame Street with the green stripes round the legs and big bird on the back are Zach's; there are diapers with bears and diapers with flowers, all to be stacked and returned. Thank goodness for branding, say I! It takes almost twenty minutes, but they are twenty happy, productive, and most importantly, quiet minutes...

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