Ooh La La
I had a choice on the day after Christmas.
I could spend most of the day hunched over my computer, catching up on the news, reading my emails and scouring Twitter in search of an amusing topic for today.
Or I could join my three collaborators: Krys, Carlie and Bryn for a Christmas lunch. Then I could take my granddaughter to a “Mary Poppins” matinee, come home, read books and play Chutes and Ladders with this winsome 3-year-old.
Hope you don’t mind, but I whiled away most of the day with my youngest friend.
Santa brought her a blizzard of books and we ripped through all of them. She’s obsessed with “Fancy Nancy’s Favorite Words From Accessories to Zany,” a delightful book with whimsical illustrations designed to build a child’s vocabulary. Fancy Nancy urges kids to use descriptive, unusual words - fancy ones - rather than ordinary, beige words.
For example, Nancy suggests “excursion” replace “trip,” and “lavender” as a more colorful choice than “light purple.”
My granddaughter’s favorite new word? “Ooh la la!” instead of “Look! How wonderful.”
And so we’ve been ooh-la-la-ing all day. We ooh-la-la-ed over our pancakes this morning, she ooh-la-la-ed the movie theater popcorn and also a dog that passed us on a walk.
I’ll be back on Friday with a meatier post. I promise.
In the meantime, it’s Christmastime.
Ooh la la!