The other day we were driving along on our way to work/daycare/preschool when Skadi announces, “LOOK! There’s Uncle Andy next to us!”
It actually wasn’t. It was a guy who works with me, but I can see the resemblance in a way.
This was the start with Skadi’s concern/fretting/adoration over Uncle Andy – one of our good friends and the father of one of Leif’s best friends.
Skadi decided last week that she was going to change her name and “Uncle Andy” was one of the two options she had picked. The other option was simply adding her favorite baby’s name into her full name to become - Skadi Jeanne Annika C------. It actually flowed pretty well given the whole four names thing.
Nearly every morning in the car Skadi squeals either, “look it’s Uncle Andy!” as she points to some random car or she asks, “where is Uncle Andy?” as she looks in cars when we drive by. And it is a good morning when she sees him dropping Niranjana off. She walks down the hallway holding her head higher and with a smile after giving him five.
Uncle Andy is also serving as “Assistant Coach” on the older kids’ soccer team. We needed to drop off an order form the other night for a t-shirt for him. Skadi was very concerned with not taking the normal route home and I told her we were going to go get a t-shirt for Uncle Andy ordered. (She missed the “ordered” part.)
Skadi: “YAY! Get a shirt for Uncle Andy!”
NM: “Well we are ordering it.”
Skadi: “Get him a soccer shirt!”
(We order it and leave the YMCA.)
Skadi: “Where is the shirt?”
NM: “I ordered it. We will get it later.”
Skadi: “Ok. But he might want it right now. He might want us to take it to him tonight!”
(The next night on the drive home.)
Skadi: “We have to go get Uncle Andy’s shirt!”
NM: “It’s not ready yet honey.”
Skadi: “Oh. When it is ready can we wrap it in a package and put a bow on it for Uncle Andy?”
I think there may be a bit of a crush on there… but Auntie Melissa is standing firm and Skadi has to go through her first.