Guess Who’s Coming to DinnerAugust 9, 2010 at 1:19 am | Posted in Lollipop | 22 Comments
Tags: Children, Curiosity, Friendship, Guests, Imagination, Milestones, Motherhood, Movies
We’ve had two extra seats at the dinner table these last few weeks. Only, like the guests who sit in them, these seats are imaginary.
One belongs to a red-headed, freckle-faced spitfire with black and white chaps. Her name is Jessie. The other belongs to a loyal milk-chocolate-colored colt named Bullseye.
Yes, Toy Story 3 has seeped into every corner of Lollipop’s mind. (Score one for Disney.) She first imagined these new friends a few weeks ago when she put together her own cowgirl outfit. “To match Jessie’s,” she told me.
“Who?” I asked.
“Jessie. From that movie Daddy took me to. She’s my friend, and she’s going to school with me today.”
“Oh, um, okay … Does she have a car seat?”
“Yep. And Bullseye is riding in the trunk.”
“Oh, um, all right then. Off we go.”
And off we did go … with Jessie and Bullseye not far behind. They bathe with us. Eat with us. Sleep on Lollipop’s bed. (She prefers the floor.) They grocery shop with us and remember the thing we’re supposed to get at Target but forgot to put on the list. They read books with us. They swing and swim and scrub the cars. They use their quiet voices when the baby is sleeping.
I have to admit, they’re pretty good house guests. They’re tidy. They don’t eat much. And they don’t track in dirt.
If only they’d vacuum and take the night shift once in a while, I’d invite them to move in. Permanently.
But since I didn’t dream them up, I have no idea of their intentions. How long will they stay? Are their accommodations satisfactory? Should I start charging rent?
I suppose I’ll look to Lollipop for the answers … and the names of our next guests. But I already have a feeling where her mind will take us. To infinity and beyond.
Did your children have imaginary friends? How long did they stay? Were they tidy, too?