Saturday, July 20, 2013

Early Sunday Morning

Raphaela woke up this morning and sneezed twice, and then said to me, "Mommy, while I was sleeping someone switched my nose with a broken one!  Can we go to the doctor and she can do an exchange?"


Raphaela's inner world is inhabited by a rich variety of imaginary beings and ideas.  She has spent the last two week going back and forth between calling herself a princess or a baby unicorn.  When Raphaela sees something that scares her, she makes this loud neighing sound and explains that unicorns have many talents, including running and jumping, opening up jars and scaring away tigers.

This morning she put on a dress for Gan and with a very matter-of-fact toned explained to me that today she will do a lot of dancing, because she is wearing a dress and because she is a princess.  "And all princesses know how to dance."

She then added as an afterthought that one of her teachers will also be a princess today.


Walking to Gan this morning, Raphaela started making a list of all the activities she will do once she arrives at her classroom.  At the top of the list was dancing and singing "with all the guys", along with hearing stories and eating.

I, wearing jeans and a t-shirt, then pretended to dance with a lousy rendition of ballet, and was immediately informed by my daughter that I cannot dance properly because I am not wearing a dress.  I was then instructed to go to the supermarket, buy a dress there and then come to her Gan to dance with her.

Raphaela paused for a moment and changed her mind, "Mommy, come to think of it, you have a skirt at home.  You can put that on right away and dance at home."

(All this before 7:30 am...)

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