Sitting at the dinning room table, I watched my ten year old, identical triplet girls crafting a Halloween banner. It might only have been the first weekend of October but all ready my mind was on Halloween and I was encouraging my children to join in the fun.
The only problem was my three year old son, there was only so much crafting he was capable of. For awhile he had been happy to paint pictures, stick stickers and glitter on everything but now he was bored.
‘Mum! Coby is being annoying!’ Lottie cried.
‘He’s stealing all my pens!’ Hattie moaned.
‘Go away! It’s girls only!’ Kattie shouted and give Coby a hard shove.
He hit the floor hard and started crying.
‘Girls! Please!’ I snapped, ‘be nice to you baby brother.’
Picking the toddler up, I placed him on my hip, though he was getting far too heavy to carry around.
The girls all stuck out their tongues then got back to their banner making.
I signed, too tried to argue with them and sit at the head on the table with Coby on my lap. He snuggled against me, sniffing softly.
There was a bowl of squashes in the middle of the table which I had brought to do some autumn decorating with but hadn’t decided yet what to do with exactly. There where different varieties and colours; some looked like mini pumpkins, others mini watermelons, some were white and others were more tall then round.
A strange idea came to me, something I’d probably seen off a kid’s cartoon.
‘I’ve an idea Coby. Would you like to help, Mummy?’
He nodded into my chest.
I gathered what we needed then choosing one of the squash, I stuck googly eyes on it.
He laughed and I moved the squash about and made a ‘do do’ sound like the squash was walking along.
‘Do-do-a-do. Ah it’s such a nice day! But where are my friends?’ I spoke in lower pitched, funny voice.
Coby laughed and clapped his hands.
‘Do you know where my friends are?’ I made the squash say.
‘There!’ Coby said and pointed at the bowl.
‘So they are! Can you help me bring them to life?’
With a nod, Coby grabbed one of the squashes and we spent some time decorating a few of them. After, we played with them, giving them voices and making stories up.
When the girls finished the banner, we tided up and watched TV for a bit.
When their dad arrived home from his ruby matched, the girls rushed to show off their banner.
‘Impressive!’ he answered then listened as the girls told him all about which bits they had done.
‘Come see what Coby and I made,’ I finally got in.
The girls rushed back to the TV, happy they could watch something less toddler aimed.
Coby, I and my husband went into the dinning room and Coby delighted in showing off his brought to life squashes.