Gracie is having an especially hard afternoon and nothing is making her happy. She’s sitting on the floor screaming at the wall. How dare it even be in this house. I know only one thing will truly pull her out of this meltdown. “Alexa, play Toddler Dance Party.”
For Christmas one of Ajay’s friends sent us a bunch of presents for the twins and Sofia. Thoughtful does not even begin to describe this gesture. Baby dolls for the twins, an American Girl doll for Sofia, and an Amazon Echo for the family. I was skeptical about letting this woman into our home. I rarely use Siri on my phone and assumed it would be similarly underwhelming. For a week or two it sat on our bookshelf just waiting. I imagine she had a smirk on her face. Oh people, you have no idea how I can change your life.
One morning I decided to give her a try and linked my Spotify account to our Echo with the Alexa app. I asked Alexa to play Raffi and suddenly the house was filled with Wheels on the Bus. Grace and Francesca fled their corners of the living room and gathered in front of the bookshelf to do their dance. Wheels on the Bus is over, Baby Beluga comes on. Gracie looks at me like “Oh My God Mommy, how is this magic happening!!” I was intrigued. Weeks went by and now we are shouting for weather updates, scores of basketball games and answers to whatever silly questions we can come up with. Gracie now runs up to the bookshelf and barks orders at Alexa in a language only Frankie seems to understand. It’s truly been a game changer.
“Alexa, play Toddler Dance Party.” Peace is restored.