G. is almost 21/2, and talkative. We don’t always understand, but recently I heard her have a rather complete conversation with her dad, Tim. It is partially that they are close, and share an interest in his work–excavation.
Tim: I’ve been cleaning out my parents’ yard while they’re away. Took up a lot of sand.
G. Pop John’s?
Tim: Yes, at his house.
Tim: There’s caliche mud under the sand. Working on that too.
G. MY sand? (with the worried look of a home owner).
Tim: I haven’t touched your sand or the playground, don’t worry.
Work is a big topic, as she lives on a family ranch with numerous businesses. She hates it when her mom Isabel and I retreat for our weekly studio date, but we do need to focus.
Tim: Does bubbe (that’s me!) work?
G.: With mom.
G. No. (I never so much as take a phone call or check my email when we are together. I’m hers).
Tim: So what does Bubbe do?