We have been visiting the Gardens of Lake Merritt since we moved here when Emma turned two.
She has always wanted to grow up and be a helper in the bonsai garden.
The master gardeners have been very patient with her and over the years invited her to watch and learn.
During the pandemic she showed up a lot more often, willing to help out in any way she could. There was lots of sweeping and raking leaves which she loved.
Now they give her small jobs like weeding with tweezers. She likes being trusted with the care of their special trees.
The docents and gardeners are mostly older and appreciate her eagerness. They tell me she is very polite and always welcome.
For a child who is stuck at home with her parents it is a blessing to learn from someone new, and to see others faces light up when she visits.
Out in the world this week was a real doozy. We had elections for the senate seats in Georgia, insurgents took the Capitol building, Congress decided to stop fighting Biden as our next president and now there is talk of impeaching Trump in the final days before the end of his term. Oh yeah, and yesterday there were over 300,000 new cases of covid-19 in the U.S.
At home, in our Oakland apartment Emma Clover has decided to take on a number of difficult tasks from cracking nuts, to making pancakes on her own and doing multiplication problems. She is trying them out and mastering them all at once. In addition to new endeavors she still volunteers at the bonsai garden, tells brilliant original stories and reads aloud chapter books with her own voices. It is amazing to witness child and human development and I am proud to see so much growth at a very insecure time in the world.
Making a multiplication chart. It ended at 14!
Illustrating the balloon seller chapter of Mary Poppins Comes Back.
This is her version of the hanging gardens of Babylon. ^_^
Emma gave me a haircut on new years day and we ate cake. Picture by maiki shows our new blue cups filled with milky coffee (herbal tea for Em).