Mike keeps two binoculars by our back door and a spotting scope. He likes to be prepared should should deer or fox or other critters appear in the field. He also uses them for keeping an eye on the birds in the back yard. These are old military glasses that are well made and expensive. Still, they have a certain fascination for young ones who see them within arm's reach.
We gave Kristen a pair of binoculars and a bird book for Christmas last year, but It was Dane who had them around his neck when we set out for a walk yesterday. We crossed a bridge over a brook and spotted a mallard floating on by. Its head was such a shiny green that Kristen decided she had to look at it through the binoculars. Of course, her brother did not want to give them up.
"No, actually, they are mine. Tell him, Grandma."
"Yeah, they really are Sissy's because I gave them to her for Christmas."
That brought about some sadness, but at least some sharing as well.
"Grandma, I want you to give me binoculars for Christmas. I like to spy on birds, too!"