"Grandma, I can see everything from up here!"
"I'm sure you can, Ellie."
The vivacious and it must be said, extremely precocious, 4-year-old with white blonde hair that matched her mother's went on to tell her grandmother exactly what she could see while sitting atop the fixture that resembled a giraffe in the middle of Perkins Park.
"I can see Ruby on the swings ... I can see a bluebird on the top of the log cabin playhouse ... I can see Rufus the dog going to the bathroom," Eleanor Ann Wyatt giggled.
"Sweetie, are you sure you don't want to get down and go on the swings?" Her grandmother asked her worried a bit that perhaps she was too young for it despite the young girl's insistence earlier that she had been on it many, many times.
"No, thank you ... not yet I want to stay up here for awhile. Ooh, I can see auntie Ann's house!"
Eleanor loved being at the top of structure. She loved how it made her feel like the queen of the park, well, princess, at least, because even at her age she knew her mom had made this park and was really the queen of it.
Eleanor also stayed at the top of the structure because she wasn't sure how to get down. She had only been on the toy a few times before and only when her dad had been around to climb up and get her. She really had to muster her courage to ask her stern but loving grandma to explain to her how to get down.
She put her chin down on the metal bars and looked around some more. Eventually her friend Ruby ran up to ask her if she wanted to play on the teeter-totter and despite really wanting to — her mom had told her all about them — she said, "Maybe later. I need to ask my grandma to help me get down."
She looked over at her grandma sitting on a bench talking to some old man and was about to request some help when she saw her mom and dad walking across the grass that was covered in little white flowers. She sat up and yelled across to them, "Mommy! Daddy!" She waved and waved to them without abandon.
They waved back with an equal amount of fervor.
(They were walking too slow as her mom was going to have a baby soon and waddled like a duck — something Ellie had not so tactfully pointed out to her parents the other day. To which her dad said he thought ducks were pretty cute. She reminded her dad that penguins were much cuter.)
Seeing that her daughter's friend was nearby, Eleanor's mother asked her, "Ellie, why are you up there when Ruby is down here?"
Inching closer to the structure, Eleanor's father whispered in her ear, "Are you afraid of coming down?"
Eleanor nodded sheepishly. Her father silently climbed up the structure and picked up his small child, her arms clinging around his shoulders until he put her soundly on the ground. She gave her father a peck on the cheek and then hugged her mother's protruding belly. She then ran hand-in-hand with Ruby to the teeter-totter.
Her mom and dad kept an eye on them while they made their way over to Ellie's grandmother.
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So sweet! That little girl is so the daughter of Leslie and Ben! She was adorable. Also I love the idea of Leslie getting everything she deserves!! Her park is perfect, she married the perfect guy and she has an adorable daughter!! :)