'Do you wanna play 'dragons' mom?' she asked. 'How does one play 'dragon'? I responded.
'Sssssssssss' she said.
'Pardon me?' I asked.
'Dragonsssssss' she explained.
'Okay, how does one play dragonsssssss?' I clarified.
'Like this' she said and she just started running up and down the hall with her stuffies mumbling important things I'm sure as she ran and jumped and threw things.
This is a common way for her to play. She is very imaginative and often in her own world. We encourage it. Soon enough, it will be gone. She is, after all, already 9 years old. She is not our first so we know that this kind of play will soon be gone from our lives. It makes me happy and sad all at once. As I sit her typing this, she sits just a few feet away in an imaginary world filled with stuffies who need the word 'sibling' defined apparently(that is what she is doing--defining the word sibling). I always smile while I listen to her disappear into one of her worlds...but, I am beginning to see the end of it. I don't often join in this crazy play, but I do often observe it through my camera.
Bob, on the other hand, walked in the door from work and asked 'what are we playing?'.
'Dragons' she explains. At this, knowing all too well how the game looks, he joins in the fun running and jumping down the hallway. The best dad ever.
I shared some of these over on the 5 Minute Project today as well. If you haven't checked out that site, you should. I am surrounded by awesomeness over there.
~ Dana Pugh