Sophie, butterfies, and tickets


Several friends recently reminded me that they check my blog to see what I am up to, in particular with Sophie. Last weekend she came for a two-night sleepover, which meant we could spend all day at the Bronx zoo. Today we spent a rainy day in a park at the foot of the Palisades, played inside games, reviewed new books, etc. About mid-afternoon her mother called to report that the Painted Lady Butterflies had emerged!!!! Of course, when I took Sophie home, she wanted me to come in and see them, but typical New York City–no parking!!! We drove around and around and around. Finally I saw a SUV parked but partially blocking a fire hydrant. There was enough room for me to park behind it, although I, too, would partially block the hydrant. Since the space was close to Sophie’s apartment, I figured I could be in and out in ten minutes.
“Sophie, I’ll park here, but I’ll have to come right back because the car is too close to the fire hydrant and I might get a ticket.”
“That’s OK, Grammy, because a ticket is a good thing.”
“It is?”
“Yes, because tickets teach you something.”
“What?”
“Not, to do that again.”
Sophie dispensed her wisdom in such a calm voice that I resisted pontificating about not needing a ticket to learn a lesson, etc. And when she added, “Besides I liked tickets,” I smiled because she’s been making tickets for this and for that since she was very little. I just hustled up to her room, marveled at the butterflies, returned to my ticketless car and went out to dinner with Linda.

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