The one thing that I’ve found to be the most challenging while raising three children, close in age, is the ability to spend individual time with each of them. Most days are spent together shuffling around, and dropping one off at an activity, and then picking up another from one. Since Gemma was born, I’ve made it a point to go on “dates” individually with each of them, and so I can offer my undivided attention, which they seldom get on a daily basis. We try to have a weekly event, even if it is just an hour to get a cupcake. I’m proud to say that most of the time, each child usually has the opportunity to choose their own date. Tuesday’s are usually Siella’s days, Friday mornings are Gemma’s, and Friday afternoons are usually Ryder’s.
A few weeks ago, Siella chose to go to the movies. She rarely sees a movie without her big bro, so I thought it would be a treat for the both of us. She chose the new movie Paddington which had just hit theaters, and I couldn’t be happier. I have many childhood memories about Paddington, from reading the books and my plush stuff animal, which I still have! Come to think of it, I may have been a little more excited than she was!
The movie was so hysterical, that I found both Siella and I both laughing out loud at some points. Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets a family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” The movie then turns a little dark when the sweet bear gets himself in a bit of trouble with the museum taxidermist (played by Nicole Kidman). These more complex plot lines went right over Siella’s head, as they were completely over shadowed with the comedic parts of the movie.
Following our movie date, we headed over to one of Siella’s favorite lunch spots, where she orders for herself because she knows the menu. We chatted about the movie, and how she hopes to get more books about Paddington. I shared some of my experiences of reading the books as a child, and how I use to take my Paddington doll everywhere. She was so enamored by the tales that she renamed her teddy bear purse, Paddington. I’m sure it will change next week, but for now, he’s Paddingotn. Throughout the entire conversation, I kept asking myself how is she only 3 1/2 years old. Those sweet and innocent questions and comments mesmerize me.
Back home, I called my mom to see if she still had any of my Paddington books, packed away with my doll, and sure enough she did. I started think of other ways we can incorporate this little bear in her world. I came across an adorable article on Fandango Family website about how to throw an Unbearably Cut Paddington Tea Party, which will definitely be on our agenda on the next snowy weekend. This is something that all three kids would adore!