Delphinium is at that wonderful age where she really wants to help. She loves to push a the little cart in the grocery store (a serious job, not a fun game) and unload the groceries from the bag when we get home. Most nights she wants to set the table, and we give her first placemats, then silverware, napkins, etc. You end up with this incredibly sweet little pile of items precariously balanced on the edge of the table. May this helpful nature please, please continue!
The other weekend the urge to help was strong, but the chore M was accomplishing was shredding bills. It's not like she can get anywhere near the shredder, so it was proving a bit of a challenge to keep her happy. Then he hit on the idea of giving her a crayon, so she could "write" on things before they went into the machine. She thought this was a marvelous idea and scribbled a way for quite some time. Then she decided that it was more fun to draw circles on all the papers, and if you're going to do circles then you might as well add eyes and smiles. "Happy balls!" she kept saying over and over. I think this is the way to make peace with your bills; cover them with happy balls before pitching them.