Photos throughout this post are of the gorgeous, expansive Piazza Navone in Rome. The statuary in the fountains tells magical, mythical, wondrous tales. . .
Random Observation #1: While Grandmothers awaiting the imminent arrival of new grandbabies are not subject to the same discomfort as the pregnant mother (a discomfort magnified exponentially by summer heat -- I've done this a few times, so I know!), some Grandmothers are sitting on a barrel-full of anxiety mixed in with their happy anticipation. Ask me how I know. Due date: August 12th. . . .not too long now. . .
Below, same plaza, but by now you might now I can't resist shots of the architectural colours.
Random Observation #2: Grandparents whose granddaughters go to bed easily at a reasonable hour and who sleep until at least 8:30 the next morning (ours is still sleeping as I write this -- it's 9:32 AM, hurrah!) are grandparents who will happily invite said granddaughters to visit for a week, maybe two.
So here is Random Observation #3 for you:. There is much to be said for a child who can entertain herself. I recently read this very good, short article by Michael Harris, the author of The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection. While worrying about the developmental consequences of digital overload, the author points to the importance of what I might call boredom in a child's life, the prod to daydreaming, to creativity, to developing her own entertainment. So I have been quietly thrilled and very satisfied to watch Nola play by herself for an hour, sometimes two, moving toys through various roles while conducting elaborate conversations and singing a rich repertoire of clearly made-up songs in a wealth of genres. Yesterday's action, she explained to me, involved Two Sisters Fighting over a Lost Treasure. There were complexities of plot worthy of a Jeffrey Deaver novel! Character development seemed a bit thin to me, but it was beginning to move beyond the predictable bad-good binary into the subtleties of why evil actions had been deemed necessary.
And I'll close by assuring you that I'm not the least bit bored watching the girl. The weather, however, has the potential for a bit of that "Ho-hum, just another day in Paradise" (at least until I have to do anything away from the marine breeze). Off for a run now, before the day gets too hot. When I get back, I'll check for comments, see if any of my random observations have triggered a response. You know I always like to read what you're thinking. . . .