Papu Loves Coffee
January 19th, 2014
Preschoolers aren’t always the most thoughtful creatures. They’re just not wired that way yet. Three-year-olds are generally pretty focused on their own needs, wants, and desires. But every now and again, they will surprise you in beautiful ways.
Take Buggie’s Christmas gift to my dad this year.
One of the “practical life works” in the kids’ Montessori classroom is a hand-crank coffee grinder. The kids practice fine motor skills by scooping up whole coffee beans, pouring them into the grinder, then turning the crank to grind the beans. They can then take home the ground coffee if they desire.
During a pre-Thanksgiving classroom open house, Buggie showed my mom the coffee work, and she remarked that Papu would enjoy having the ground coffee, because Papu loves coffee.
That was it. For the next six weeks leading up to Christmas, Buggie did the coffee work virtually every day. He would come home from school each day with his little bag (maybe a tablespoon or two) of ground coffee and proudly announce that it was: “for Papu, because Papu loves coffee.”
Miss Mouse got in on the action, too, but the impetus for the project was with Buggie. He was a boy with a mission.
We collected all the coffee in a small tin and gave it to my dad for Christmas. Buggie’s joy in presenting this labor of love to his adored grandfather was one of the highlights of the holidays for me.