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March 14, 2013

The Widge comes and the Redskins go

We were delighted last week when the Ohio Ellsworths made a somewhat unusual mid-winter visit. 

Since we had not seen them since last September, we could not wait to catch up with them in person. And while the parents looked much the same, the Widge has grown like a weed and could easily pass, at the tender age of 3, for a kindergartner. Plus, we hasten to note that her verbal skills have greatly increased and she now talks a mile a minute. We also discovered she is a great story-teller with a remarkable dramatic flair, taking after, we think, her paternal grandfather.

Of course, some of what she explains is somewhat difficult to believe. One day she held forth with the thought that while her daddy has blood, her mommy, gramma and she do not have blood. And there seemed to be nothing that could be done to dissuade her from this thinking. But this was not new as evidently she also, at one point, insisted to her father that she did not have wrists.

On the other hand, she is very good at articulating what she wants. While ordering dinner at the Hawkeye Grill she quizzed the waitress as to whether the restaurant had ketchup. When the waitress assured the Widge that they did, the Widge explained that they too had ketchup at home. Then, for some unknown reason, the Widge asked if the restaurant had mustard, to which the waitress replied that they did and then asked if the Widge had mustard at home. To this the Widge offered the information that they had two kinds of mustard. However, she made it rather clear that it was only the ketchup that she wanted with her hamburger and french fries.

The Widge also had the opportunity to go sliding at Bassett Hall. We believe she is the fourth generation of the Ellsworth family to have done so. As she was getting dressed for the outing, we asked her if she was going sliding. She told us no as she was going sledding. But we are happy to report that whatever it was she did, she thoroughly enjoyed it.

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