Saturday, 16 November 2013

Old Friends

conkers
Most weekends we visit my parents and we accompany them on their dog walks to the park opposite the house. My childhood park, of which I've mentioned before and you've seen several times. It was not until we got home afterwards that I thought just how much Little Bird has changed. This is how our walk went.....thoughtful
Little Bird has a little explore but stays close to us. Runs a little yet keeps an eye on us and runs back if we appear to turn a different way. Picking up conkers, leaves and treasures such as pretty feathers we walk the two dogs - Dolly and Lulu around the edge of the park. A big brown chocolate Labrador appears and bounds over, jumping up at Little Bird. He steps back and looks a little shocked but just turns and carries on walking. He's not phased by dogs at all which is fantastic but knows to be wary and not try and play with a dog that isn't with one of the family. 
feather My parents play ball with their two dogs and the rambunctious lab tries to join in. Suddenly a pretty girl comes running across the greens shouting our new playful friend. I realise that it is a girl I went to primary school with and mustn't have seen for at least 15 years when I still lived in my Manchester suburbs hometown. She looked just the same with her enviable wavy auburn hair and a chatty demeanour. walking the dogs Little Bird held my hand and as we walked around catching up on what our old school friends were doing now and who was married or who had children, he was a calm and patient little boy. Stopping every now and then to pick up a new leaf. No fussing or wanting to go his way, he was quite happy skipping along whilst we gossiped. Park walking As we got back to my parent's house I bid goodbye to my old school friend, surely we would bump into her again at the park now she has a dog and Little Bird stood looking up with his big eyes, interested and listening to this exchange. Now, I must admit I must have started taking this all for granted.
trees Reflecting back I realise what giant steps he has made in those little wellies. How much calmer and easier to be with as my little boy he is. There is an understanding with him now, that grown ups sometimes chat, prefer to walk this way rather than that way and stand still nattering sometimes. It's nothing to get upset about if we have to wait. Not all the time but happening most of the time. little welly boots A sign of growing up. He is learning to manage situations better. Learning to self regulate by co-regulating with me. Mummy's face says all is fine so it must be. doggys playing A new word firmly in Little Bird's growing vocabulary too - leaf!
autumn leaves
Joining in with both Country Kids and Small Steps Amazing Achievements.

Ethans Escapades
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

11 comments:

Happy Homebird said...

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Jane Roberts said...

It really does sound like he is coming on so nicely. We are still at the stage that we have to keep moving and all is fine. It sounds like you had a lovely time walking the dogs.

Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
x

DogsMom said...

What a lovely day you had. He is growing into a fine little man.

76 sunflowers said...

Sounds like the perfect little man. Love his reaction with the dog. My boy would have crumbled at that.

Coombe Mill (Fiona) said...

It's an amazing gift to be able to watch our children grow and change. How great to meet up with old friends and have a catchup while Little Bird explored. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

TheBoyandMe said...

LOVE the macro shots of the leaves, and the wonderful carpet of them cushioning the grass. This is such a wonderful time of year for nature exploration isn't it?

Nipping over from Country Kids.

Happy Homebird said...

Thank you. I love this time of year, always have done. it's nice to revisit my childhood by doing the things that I used to love.

Happy Homebird said...

Thanks - I was a bit nervous at first, always feel slightly awkward at first with old school friends!

Happy Homebird said...

No choice for Little Bird, two dogs at home too. As a baby they would curl up next to him.

Happy Homebird said...

Thank you very much :)

Happy Homebird said...

It's 2 steps forward and 3 steps back sometimes....as you know xx

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