Just Call Me “Dr. Porterfield”

Mika and Elizabeth

Mika and Elizabeth

I woke up early this morning and as I lay there contemplating life, I thought about how hard it was for me to let Mika hold Elizabeth and play with her yesterday, even though she was pretty gentle with her.  I’m quite protective of my little bear.  After 64 years, she’s pretty fragile plus I’d be heartbroken if something happened to her.  Yet I thought about how nice it was to have a granddaughter who was ready to embrace my little companion and love her like I do.

Geraldine and Me

Geraldine and Me

I thought back many years to how I had commandeered my own mother’s childhood doll, Geraldine.  Geraldine became my favorite doll.  She and I were inseparable.   I wonder how hard it was for my mom to stand aside and let me play with Geraldine.  I remember at one point, we had to take her to the doll hospital to get a new head.  Another time I decided to give her a “hairdo” and to this day, one side of her hair is chopped short.  Perhaps this is the visit when Elizabeth will play just a little bit more with my grandchildren but only to a point.  She will still be going home with me.

Lame Reepicheep

Lame Reepicheep

When I stuck my head in the bedroom tonight to kiss the children goodnight, I had to promise to perform “surgery” on Mika’s little Reepicheep mouse.  I had gotten him for her when Sweet Pea was a baby.  When I arrived on this visit I discovered that Reep’s foot had fallen off.  Oh, no!  Time for Dr. Porterfield to set up surgery.

Gathering Surgical Tools

Gathering Surgical Tools

I promised Sweet Pea that I’d fix Reepicheep up and bring him back to the bedroom when he was all better.  I told her that I’d put him beside her on her pillow if she had fallen asleep.  That’s how I found myself tonight threading a needle and checking out what needed to be fixed

All better!

All better!

As with many surgeries, once I took a closer look, I discovered more things that needed to be fixed.  I reattached Reep’s foot, tightened up his tail, and did “ear tucks” on both of his ears.  Voila!  He’s as good as new.  True to my word, I gently placed him next to little Sweet Pea who was sound asleep by the time my surgery was finished.

A Full Day

A Full Day

No wonder she was asleep.  It had been a full day.  The two niblets had another half day of preschool, then a quick trip to the frozen yogurt shop followed by some runs back and forth up and down the ramp at the shop.  We came home and played “Flying Cupcake” for awhile and then they headed over to Grandpa’s house to swim.  After supper it was time for some cuddles with Mommy and story time and then it was time for bed.

Now I think it’s time for me to wash up after my surgery and then head to bed with my Kindle (and Elizabeth).  It’s been another great day here in the fine state of Texas.

 

 

 

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