Since the yard and the weather conspire against gardening, I am still doing a little indoor gardening — making new arrangements of old friends and preparing for more visits from younger guests. Paintings and pottery; furniture and books; and my boxes of things, plus four or five see-through bins of memories are camping out in spaces different from the ones they formerly occupied. They are like a welcoming committee telling me this is home now. Even the ones who live in the garage and basement — with the crickets.
Perhaps the most comforting communicators of the new normal are a booster seat and cabinet locks – testifying to a new guest list for now: little ones who need a boost up at the table, or, who might not be trustworthy around cleaning supplies will be more frequent visitors! I’ve had to rethink a few storage drawers, too. Box cutters and scissors should go to the back!
Herodotus said, Of all possessions a friend is the most precious. That must have been before he had grandchildren.
Setting up housekeeping to welcome kids — of all ages — is a good thing.