The opening of the freezer — to get a cupful of ice — beckons him.
The whir of the blender lures him toward me and makes him raise his arms and request “up.”
The power button — which I allow him to press — makes him smile.
The frostiness of the drink makes him sign and say “more.”
Ari taught himself how to suck from a straw a few months ago since he was highly motivated to have what I was drinking (i.e., a green smoothie). Over the past few months, Ari has become a BIG fan of green smoothies. The more complex the ingredients, the more he drinks! That’s right. The green ingredient of the smoothie can be kale or collard greens. Doesn’t matter. He loves it. (I’m completely baffled since many adults can’t handle more than spinach in their green smoothies!)
This morning, I mixed up a rather complex combination of ingredients for my breakfast smoothie.
Ari toddled over as soon as he heard me mix the spinach and water together in the first round of blending. He watched intently as I added kiwis, a pear, pomegranate powder, pumpkin seeds, and protein powder to the blender.
“Want to help me get the ice?” I asked.
Ari hurried towards the freezer door. He peered inside as I grabbed out the cubes. He shut the door once I had what I needed.
After I added the ice, it was time to blend. I capped the blender and set it atop the motor.
“Up!” he reliably requested.
We hit the power button together and watched magic happen as the ingredients were pulverized and liquified. Once the mixture was smooth and green, I positioned his pointer finger on the power button and helped him push it twice to stop the blender.
I set him down on the floor. “I’ll get the cup. You get your bib. Then, we’ll share at the table.”
Two minutes later, Ari was nestled on my lap, taking turns and sharing a green smoothie with me.