Truth be told I miss my shadow in the kitchen, underfoot, always in the way. I miss her eagerness to load and empty the dishwasher. I miss SS asking me how to say every vegetable and spice name in Spanish. I miss her as much as I miss sitting on the kitchen floor with Mami, sorting through beans, rice, and "helping" in the kitchen. Things took her so much longer when my grubby little hands were involved, but Mami never turned me away, nor lost her patience. I wish I was as consistent, as good, and as patient as Mami. Because that time meant so much to me. As screwed up as I am, I will never doubt that I was loved, and Mami gave me that assurance by simply giving me her time.
SS had been so focused on her Legos, and each set can be transformed into so many different toys. This was the first Christmas when she had not used (and tired of) every toy on the same day. On Saturday SS was out of her Lego fog and asked to use her cupcake baking kit. It has kid size tools, perfect for SS's little hands.
SS has the apron, hat, oven mitt, and necessary tools.