TGIF. It is an acronym I despite. The fact that a there’s a restaurant with the same moniker only makes it worse. Regardless, it is with a deep sigh of relief that I welcomed Friday evening. What did we do today? Nothing. Russell woke at 3:45 this morning to attend a meeting being held in the U.S. Five minutes before he awoke in earnest, [S] awoke. From that time on, no one in our home has had peace. That is, until [S] begrudgingly took a nap this afternoon.
Overall, this week was a good one. [S] was admitted to an on-base Child Development Center, which required the completion of paperwork and hunting down a prescription label and EpiPen box. (Don’t ask.) Everything in her classroom is toddler size, including children, sinks, desks, tables, and toilets. Did she like it? Oh, yes, according to one of the teachers. But, in her excitement, she didn’t nap on either of her care days. As a result, this week has been filled with late afternoon exhaustion-induced temper tantrums and far too many tears.
To thin the patience a bit more, my work has been filled with complex matters and high-maintenance clients. That is to be expected, yes. But this week’s pace of the e-mail communications, phone calls, and meetings reminded me of days long gone, when I was compensated to provide counsel.
To my surprise, I found a small padded envelope, addressed to [S] from her Grandmother, in our post office box yesterday. After opening the envelope with scissors, I let [S] take out the gift. The hardcover book had a handwritten note taped to it, reading, “Here is a new book for you. I hope you like it. I would like to read it to you, using FaceTime, when you get it. I love you, Nana.”
Press Here, by French author Herve Tullet, is an interactive book. No, it does not feature pop-up pictures or various textures. To the contrary, the entire book features only dots, words, and five colors (if one includes white and black, which I am). The pages are smooth and luxurious to the touch. What the book requires is that the reader follow the directions on each page so that the next page makes sense. Should one be instructed to press here, you might just find that the single yellow dot has become two yellow dots.
The book is simple. It is aesthetically pleasing. And it is really quite clever, no matter the age of the reader. Truly, it is brilliant. I like to think it would be the kind of children’s book I would create, were I creative.