It’s her story. We’re just the bit players.

My four year old loves to read.  Never mind that she can only read small words that are phonetically true; she can sit with a book for literally hours and “read” it aloud or to herself.  The majority of the time, once she’s finished reading, she will then rejoin the family but she won’t be Abigail.  Instead she’ll be the main character of the book she just put down.  Tonight, however, she took it a step farther, leading to quite the interesting dinner conversation:

Abigail:  ” ‘What are we having for supper?’ said Claire.”

Mom:  “You’re having noodles and we’re having pizza.”

Abigail:  ” ‘Yummy!  Can I have butter on my noodles?’ Claire cried.”

Mom:  “Sure.  Do you want sweet tea to drink?”

A:  ”  ‘Yes,’ said Claire as she got in her seat.”

Aside:  Throughout dinner, this pattern continued.  If the rest of us were talking around her, we could hear little comments coming from her seat:  “Her sister was eating pizza, and she wanted cheese on it like her Daddy.”  “Her mommy was laughing at her little sister.”  “Catherine told her Daddy thank you for the cheese.”

A:  ” ‘Mother, can I go to the potty?’ Claire asked politely.”

M (getting in on the fun):  ” ‘Why, yes you can,’ Mother replied.”

At this, she looked up at me in surprise and said, “Oh, are you a manager of this story, too?”

After several more minutes of this, with her never missing a narration, she finally sighed and said, “Mommy and Daddy, will you please manage this story so I can quit talking so much?”

It’s her story.  We’re just the bit players.

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3 Responses to It’s her story. We’re just the bit players.

  1. Jackie says:

    I found your website through Stacey’s and wanted you to know that I really enjoy reading it! Your children are so smart and cute!

  2. Stacey says:

    My niece never ceases to amaze me!!! She is hilarious! She is soooo smart!!! I cannot wait to let her manage a story with me!

  3. silly me says:

    this is priceless!!!!

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