Conversation with Veva Silva a few nights ago:
Steven: Sometimes I get worried about how easily Loey is able to
bewitch entire groups of people. "Ohhhhh," they sigh, as if experiencing
one of Life's Mysteries, "she's so beautiful..." And talk about melting
your heart, when she holds out her arms and looks openly and
expectantly right into your eyes, how can you not fall in love with her,
and want to pick her up, and be willing to do anything for her to be
Veva: Yeah, but what really worries me is that she does it to get their boots.
This is true. Loey really loves boots, the higher the better, the more
leather, it seems, the better. We were at a popular park on Saturday and
Loey noticed a mom with (we found out later) a 19 month old boy - and
really nice, high, leather boots. She walked right over, stood in front
of the woman, looked up at her, looked down at her boots. I explained:
"Sorry, Loey really likes boots, she wanted to come see yours."
The woman was instantly enchanted and delighted and offered to let Loey
wear one. Oh, she had no idea. Loey immediately kicked off her shoe.
Actually, it was Indigo's shoe. Indigo is Loey's best friends, 9 months
older. Anyway, Loey dissolved into tears when Gogo - as she calls Indigo
- tried to wear her own shoes to the park. She wanted to wear Gogo's
shoes. So eventually Gogo saw the light and offered them to Loey to
wear. Loey has a "thing" about footwear.
Well, I helped her
into this big beautifully sewn boot with a zipper up the side. The top
came up to her waist. And then she made abundantly clear that she wanted
to wear both of them. And so in another moment or two, that was also
arranged. About eight people total were watching this, all of them
smiling or laughing, as Loey proceeded to walk around and call out
"Gamma, yook" and "Mama, yook".
Here is Loey with those boots, being shown a photo by the nice lady's husband:
Finally, though, it was time for them to go. Loey gave up the boots, I
put her (Gogo's) shoes back on, and then she held out her arms to the
mom. They hugged and then Loey climbed up on her lap. Happiness
descended on all of us like the scent of beautiful flowers on a windless