First of all, I want to thank you all so very much for your kind words and warm thoughts for my friend yesterday. I have no doubt that she felt all that positive energy and was strengthened by it. I'm always so amazed by the incredibly supportive and loving community that I'm a part of here. Thank you.
In lighter news, I had, perhaps, one of the most awesome trips to the thrift store ever last week. For under $15, I scored two skirts for myself (one from my favorite local store, with the tags still attached), a 1 quart All-Clad saucepan (!), a Ten Thousand Villages basket, an adorable little tea cup for Silas (when he's ready to take tea with me -- I have very fond memories of the tiny teacup that was my first), and a tray and some Silas-sized glass vessels to do some pouring activities. A productive trip, indeed.
I've read that in the Montessori tradition, 15 months or so marks an important shift from exploration of the world to a desire to do meaningful work and I really am starting to see the first inklings of this in how Silas interacts with his surroundings. He is so very interested in what I do in the kitchen and wants to help. He especially loves stirring things and helping me tear lettuce. I am in love with The Learning Tower and similar platforms to help get him up to counter level so that he can help safely. Does anyone have one? Do you like it?