One of ML’s nickname is sweet pea. When she was a baby somebody gave her a onesie with a picture of a pea and the word sweat-pea embroidered. Her granddad stated calling her “Sweetpea.” It stuck and is the term of affection I use with her.
ML devours sweet peas. It’s one of her favorite snacks. Last year we grew them. ML ate them straight from the vine. In this area the planting season for snow peas is recommended as Feb. 1 – Mar. 1. I held off because of the crazy weather we’ve had this winter. Even with the evil words “wintry mix” forcasted for our area a few days later, we planted the peas on March 20. I hope we will enjoy a few homegrown snow peas before it gets too hot. I’m a little concerned. None of the seeds have sprouted yet.
Our favorite pea books include
The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be by Mini Grey – The classic Princess and the Pea story told from the pea’s perspective. A pea is picked from the garden, shelled, almost cooked, and plucked from the bowl at the last minute by the Queen’s decree to help find a princess for her son to marry. After months of being stuck under 20 mattresses, the pea took matters in his own hands. The result… a delightful life for the royal gardener and the prince. Our favorite page in this book includes comical illustrations of polaroid pictures of various princesses. A caption is under each picture. Too loud, too quiet, too funny, too grumpy, too sleepy, too pink…
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace – Little pea is forced to eat candy everyday before he can have dessert. A funny spin on the story of a picky child. Guess what pea wants to eat instead? It’s a special treat he’s only allowed to eat for dessert. It’s green, starts with an S and ends with an H. The illustrations are fun. Our favorite… Papa Pea flying Little Pea off the spoon.
The Pea Blossom retold by and illustrated by Amy Lowry Poole – Based on a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, I didn’t know. This book tells the story of five peas. The smallest pea in the pod is patient; a trait his siblings do not possess. This even temper results in the ability to make a young girl well again. His siblings’ lives are cut short due to their ambition. The soft palette used in the illustrations enhance the graceful story of the fifth pea.
One of my favorite pictures of ML is of her at age two; sitting on the porch swing with a roasting pan filled with purple hull crowder peas. She’s learning to shell them just like I was taught by her great-grandmother many years ago.