Karlie, Justin’s very best friend, came home with him on the bus yesterday. Karlie and Justin are both 6. Alex is 4. They are three very different personalities. At one point I was listening in as they played together with a bunch of action figures and dolls. Justin and Karlie had very different agendas, while Alex kind of just hovered in the background doing his own thing.
Karlie: “Let’s pretend you’re the husband and I’m the wife.”
Justin: “Yeah, and then we get into the car and race.”
Karlie: “And we’ve been married a long time and I’m having a baby.”
Alex (singing): “I loooovve being a merrrr-maaid!”
Karlie: “You have to drive me to the hospital because it’s time for me to have the baby.”
Justin: “And when we get there, I fight with these other guys.”
Karlie: “We’re going to name the baby Madeline.”
Alex (now singing in a high falsetto): “Merrrr-maids are so beautiful! We live in the ocean!”
Justin: “These guys fight with a knife.”
Karlie: “And now you have to go to work, and I’m putting the baby to bed.”
Justin: “Let’s all drive in the car on a trip.”
Alex (still singing): “I am a merrr-maid who lives with a priiin-cess.”
I really should have secretly recorded that. I’m missing a lot of the finer details.
© Jennifer Alys Windholz, 2012