I slipped down the stairs while the girls were brushing their teeth in the early morning light.
“Breakfast will be on the table,” I called over my shoulder as I hurried into my bedroom to get dressed. No time this morning to mull over an outfit. I grabbed a shirt and pair of pants from my closet and quickly dressed myself. I hunted through my jewelry box for a pair of earrings and hopped on one foot while I tugged at my boots. One last glance in the mirror. This will have to do I thought. I headed back towards the kitchen to pack our lunch bags. Maddie was there eating. No Katie.
I trudged back up the stairs. There was Katie, standing on her step stool at her bathroom sink. She was filling a Dixie cup with water over and over again, tipping the cup over to create a waterfall. My eyes landed on her toothbrush, still covered with a squirt of toothpaste.
“Katie! Let’s go, move it!” I said from behind her. I took the cup from her hand and handed her the toothbrush. “Come on, let’s go.”
Katie halfheartedly took the toothbrush from my hand. As she brushed, she stopped often to spout out the toothpaste like a dolphin of some kind, giggling all the while.
“Let’s go, Katie,” I said, wiping her face quickly with the towel.
We headed down the stairs and I bee lined for the kitchen. I turned to say something to Katie, but she wasn’t there. I poked my head around the corner and found her performing a couple of ballet moves for her stuffed monkey.
We somehow, finally, made it into the garage. I threw my purse into the front seat and glanced around. No Katie. I caught a purple flash of color out of the corner of my eye as Katie went whizzing down the driveway on her scooter.
“Katie, we have to go!” I hollered.
Katie plopped in her seat and looked at me, smiling her Katie-smile. She certainly had a fun morning. I, on the other hand, was a frazzled wreck and was certain I was going to be late for work.
Katie is always so playful, so silly, so busy having fun. I do wish Katie would hurry in the mornings.
But mostly, I wish I could be more like her.