Thursday, May 22, 2008

Let's pretend

ThingOne's imagination is blossoming at the moment. Whether it's been helped by lots of exposure to Lola and Charlie (an imagination-centric book/cartoon series) or that's just a coincidence, I don't know.

This morning, bleary eyed, I sat in our bed with ThingOne as we pretended it was a boat, sailing to Welwyn to see one of ThingOne's grannies, to New York to see the Statue of Liberty and Travelling Uncle Peter, and to the park. Occasionally ThingOne would get off the bed/boat to say hello to people, go on a swing, or just get wet in the water. Very amusing, even when I'm barely awake.

Generally she seems to have a good grasp on what's real and what's pretend. However, and isn't there always a however, ThingOne seems to think that pretending is also a way of getting around any obstacle. Mainly the obstacle of her mum and dad.

"ThingOne, mummy has told you not to go in that cupboard"
"I'm pretending"
"No you're not pretending, you are actually going in the cupboard. Stop it!"

"I'm putting the letters in alphabetical order Daddy"
"But those letter aren't in order. A isn't at the start."
"Daddy, I'm pretending it's alphabetical order"
Nice. Use that one in your GSCEs ThingOne, see what happens.

"Please can you keep your trousers and pants on while we're in the supermarket ThingOne."
"I'm PRETENDING to take my trousers and pants off Daddy!"
"No ThingOne, that looks very much like an actual bum to me ThingOne."
"ThingOne nudie!"
"Come back! Someone stop that half-naked child..."

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