My girls like to talk, talk, talk. And most of the time, (as in, when it’s in the appropriate setting), I really enjoy hearing what’s swirling around in their minds. All day yesterday, Clara (3 years old) and I had the same conversation… over and over. It was really precious, so, when, at dinner time, she started that same conversation with me again, I told her to WAIT! I ran from the dinner table to grab our lap top, flipped it open, and said, “Go ahead now” and I transcribed for her. I wanted to be able to share her sweet ideas with Ami, my mom.
Ami is a shopper, a bargain hunter, and a gift giver. I’d say that about 96.547% of everything Clara has is from Ami. And Clara knows it.
When she gets dressed in the mornings, she’ll ask, “Momma, who bought this pretty pink shirt for me?” to which I respond, “Ami did. Wasn’t that sweet of her?”
After breakfast, when she goes to get toys from her bookshelf, “Momma, where did this baby doll come from? I never seen it before.” And of course, the response is, “Ami bought that for you. Aren’t you thankful for all of the gifts Ami gives you?”
After playing inside for awhile, we go outside and Clara hops on her tricycle, asking, “Momma, did Ami give this to me?” And, as we all know, the answer is, “Well, yes, she did!”
So, yesterday, Clara said, We should give Ami a special present. She gives so many things to us. I want to give something to her.
What do you think we should give Ami?
A fancy phone….
An adult-sized t-shirt with sparkles!
Fancy sparkly shoes!
A mom book.
A nice fancy chair. That would be good.
And, like, hmmm, like some…
Well, when people don’t have food, we just give some food to our people. So, if Ami doesn’t have food, we should give some to her. That’s a good way of sharing.
Are you typing the present ideas still? You are? Ok, good.
What if we give Ami a fancy skirt?
A fancy coffee cup. I like fancy things… but not fancy food.
We can make a baby doll that’s for Ami. A fancy baby doll for Ami. And a stroller when I come there. A fancy stroller. Hey, she only has 2 and I want 3 for her. The reason I want 3 is because, so, ummm, so when I come to her we can have 3, ‘cause I like sparkly things.
Not a fancy computer, just a nice computer that has ruckles on it. Momma, say, “what are ruckles?” (Clara loves to make up her own words. It’s cute… but sometimes conversations with her can become a little confusing.)
What are ruckles?
Like a poof ball.
I’m gonna take a bite now. Boy, that’s good. (Remember, it’s dinner time.)
Now, how about…. no more sparkly things.
I think we should get Ami a pen. Like a nice pen…. let’s put some glue on the pen and we’ll put some diamond tops on it. Diamond tops are the things that have circles with a hole in them, but there are no screw holes, that’s it.
And how bout, we can put some… I have one more sparkly thing…
We can make a streamer with sparkly things on it. And we have to glue it. The sparkly things on it.
And a calendar that has some glue on it to make um, to make um, diamond tops on it. The diamond tops are pushy things. They’re very small and we can use them with the pen.
Helloooooo Ami! I’m giving you some presents! (Arms outstretched, as if she’s carrying a huge load of gifts.)
Do you think Ami likes sparkly, fancy things? (She doesn’t. At all. She’s very casual.)
I think she does!
Any other ideas?
And um, a silly band. Like a mom silly band.
And place mat.
And a board.
What kind of board.
Like on our, um, like a board, like the board on our wall. In a frame.
What would Ami use it for?
For um, the wall. And…
And I think that’s it, but I still got one more present for Ami.
A FLOWER! That goes with the presents! We should wrap them up in a box and put the flower on it!
One more thing. A shirt with a dyva on top of it. A dyva means under the sea with a rectangle on it, no screws in it. (Remember, she’s got a thing for made-up words.)
So that’s one of the presents.
One more thing. A piggie tale. Wait! I was confused. It was not that. It was… it was… it was a pony tale! A pony tale holder.
Like a pony tale holder into my hair, in yours. We get a lot of hair and then we put it down and then we put a pony tale holder into my hair.
And one more present. Just one more. How about we get a red shirt and pink shirt? How would that be?
I like that.