A Piper is observant. She goes through the day like Yoda sprinkling her wisdom.
After a nature walk and scavenger hunt this afternoon, we stopped for ice cream. Piper slurped up her melting cup and turned her attention to my cone.
“Can I have a bite of your cone, Mommy?”
I had been licking down the chocolate chip ice cream to the perfect cone bite. You know the one. I handed it over. Piper happily crunched the cake cone. She watched me get the next bite ready.
“Here. You can have my cup,” Piper volunteered. “I’ll finish your cone.”
I looked at the melted vanilla mess.
“It tastes better when you share,” Piper assured me. It didn’t. But watching her on a summer day eating ice cream may have been worth it.
After ice cream, Piper went swimming. Then she came home to a bath and dinner. While she was soaking the chlorine out, I leaned over the tub and Piper traced my face with her pruned fingers. “You know how come I know you’re my mom?” she asked.
“Because I’m bathing you and making your favorite ravioli for dinner?” I guessed.
“No. You have those lines on your face and those dark things under your eyes. All moms have those. That’s how I know you’re mine.”
…she’ll want her Sissy turn it all into a story.
And once she has the story idea, she’ll ask for a bouncy house for her bounty hunters…
…because after a hard day hunting down bad guys in a galaxy far far away, you need to relax with a little bounce. Once she sees the bouncy house, she’ll ask for a place to store the other broken Star Wars toys…
…in case Obi Wan shows up and needs a ride…
…or tools to defend himself. Yoda’s Weapon World meets all your basic jedi needs. And once you have your weapon and your transportation, you’ll need a place for all the leftovers.
Once a Piper sees Jabba the Hut’s Junkyard, she’ll ask for another box of her daddy’s Star Wars toys.
Raising Star Wars Girls
It’s no secret that my partner is mildly obsessed with Star Wars. I’m sure it’s the Death Star and not Princess Leia in a metal bikini that began his adolescent obsession. So when our local library decided to host a Star Wars Day, we signed up. Piper and her sister made their own light sabers, trained with Yoda, and fought the Dark Side. Piper did her steamy breath rendition of “Luke…I am your fah-ver,” which she’d been perfecting for weeks in a mirror. But they were among a small minority of girls in attendance. People were surprised we’d sent them. Star Wars is for boys, right? Just like colors have genders? Not in Piper’s world. As we were patting ourselves on the back for raising strong Star Wars Girls, my partner found this:
To Piper, even Master Yoda transcends gender boundaries.