“Mama, we need to have a conversation.”
Me (smiling): “We do, do we?”
PN: “Yes. Please come with me into the kitchen.”
My curiosity was obviously awakened by the serious look on her face as she took me by the hand and led me into the kitchen. On the counter she had pulled out all my cookie cutters and had them lined up, matching the larger ones with the smaller ones of the same shape (Christmas Tree, Star, Gingerbread Man, Bell, etc.) She gestured towards the counter and said:
Me: “What, right now?“
PN: “Well, we need to make sure we have them done in time for Christmas, we don’t want Santa to be sad that we don’t have any cookies to leave for him.”
Me: “Don’t worry, we’ll be making cookies for Santa this weekend – and while we’re at it, we’ll make some for your classmates at school, too – would you like to do that?”
PN: “OH, yes, I think that would be a great idea. All my friends love cookies!”
Me: “I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t love cookies…”
PN: “Even Dada loves cookies…we need to make sure he doesn’t eat them all or Santa is going to be mad and leave coal in his stocking!”
I love it when she gets all serious when she wants to make a point – it’s hard not to burst out laughing at her when she gets that way, it’s just too cute to watch! What I haven’t been able to figure out, is when she gets her Drama going, whether it be pretend play or having a ‘serious’ conversation with myself or Dada, she adopts a type of English accent. It’s cute and usually it signals there’s some big major finale in her ‘presentation’, or an invitation to play along or pretend to be something or someone in her made-up game.
She especially does it when she’s pretending to be something or someone else – like last night, when she was pretending she was a teacher teaching me how to make a Pingu picture with pretend potatoes, pretend paint and pretend paper. Finishing up with a ‘Tah Dah!’ and a bow or curtsy. I have been trying very hard to capture some of those moments on video, but as soon as she sees the camera, she stops. Then just makes goofy faces at the camera. A lot.
One of these days I’m going to be successful at catching one of her Dramedies to share with the world. Cute or embarrassing, I don’t care which, I just want to be able to catch her in the act and save it for prosperity. If it happens to be an embarrasing moment, so much the better to ‘blackmail’ her when she brings her first date home, you know, a boy named ‘Spike’ or ‘Snake’…(grin!)