Last week, while Elliott and I were shopping, she met a little girl. Despite her shyness, she approached the girl and it was obvious that they were destined to be friends. I began talking with the little girl’s mother and we just hit it off. We spent the afternoon shopping and snacking together so that we could visit while the girls enjoyed each other’s company. Elliott found out her friend’s name was Shelby and proceed to call her ‘Welby’. Shelby returned the favor by calling Elliott ‘It’. When it was time to head home, we exchanged numbers and I left feeling giddy that I had found a new mommy friend who was fun and easy to talk to.
In no time, Shelby’s mom and I were texting and making playdate plans. Yesterday we met up at the park and had a great time!
After feeding the ducks, we headed over to the playground where Shelby was a pro. After seeing her go down the big slide, Elliott decided she was a big enough girl to give it a go. She boldy climbed to the top and was so very proud of herself!
But then….she froze!
And began to panic. Notice poor Shelby back there just wishing this kid would take her turn already!
She finally let go and went for it. Her expression changed about 19 times on the way down. It went from terrified to elated to terrified to thrilled. Before she was even off the end, she was grinning and ready to go for it again!
So up they went…
And again…she froze.
They started to blow us some raspberries and that took her mind off her slide anxiety for a moment…
long enough to decide that maybe it wouldn’t be so terrifying if they went down together this time.
Then they were off to the swings.
Do you remember just how good it feels to swing and enjoy the sunshine? These girls were loving it! And Elliott was loving her Welby.
It was a wonderful day and I foresee many more playdates in Elliott & Shelby’s future! There’s no telling just what adventures these girls are going to get into together!