On another (and much more fun) note, Joanna and I had a playdate today. Playdates are one of the things I missed most while working full time. While I had a couple of friends who were willing to do playdates with the au pair or on weekends, Joanna has really been gypped on the playdate front (Libby is old enough that her playdates don't require two parent attendance).
We went to a friend's house from Joanna's preschool class last year. This little girl (who I will refer to as E since she is not my kid so I shouldn't bandy her name about the Internet) was Joanna's best friend in preschool. While it was only 2 years, it was really half her life, which I think is a long time.
We had a very good time (yes, both of us). Joanna and E played nicely together doing typical 5 year old stuff (dress up, musical instruments, swings, slides, etc). I did have a heart attack when I looked up and there was Joanna, barrelling down a hill in a wagon, right into a tree. She was targeting a leaf pile, but there is a reason five-year olds are not allowed to drive. Joanna was fine, but I had to tell her that she is not allowed to ride a wagon down a hill ever again (I am sure she will find some way to get around that rule like she tries with every other. Maybe riding a scooter down a hill into a tree, or maybe a cart or something else with wheels).
I got to talk to the mom, which was very nice. I am sure you have run into the situation where your child is friends with a mom who is unbearable. Luckily, this is not one of those situations. I really like E's mother so enjoy spending time with her. I am hoping to be able to do more playdates although I may still be busy if the unbearable moms call.
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