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QOTD: Imagination, Year 4

It's been another of those weeks, but I have no complaints. And I'll soon be sharing some really fantastic news with everyone. In the meantime, I realized it's been forever since I posted a few "kids say the darnedest things" anecdotes -- and there are some really good ones happening these days.

Bella is on the tail-end of Year 4, and I adore this age. She's still sweet and cuddly but she's whip smart and learning new things every day.

Bella and her "baby" Wormy, who she tells me was born from her leg and that's why he's so long.

However, her imagination is also growing my leaps and bounds, making it easier for her to develop story lines and make spurious connections that leave me shaking my head in wonder at this amazing child of mine.

Example 1: This week, I had to meet with my friend Sara who’s also a lawyer. She had agreed to file some paperwork for me, but we had to meet after school hours. That meant I showed up towing my 2:30pm-to-7:30pm shadow, known in the wild as Bella.

Despite my fear that she’d be ridiculous, she was only a mild disturbance and most of her interruptions were out of curiosity. Because I don’t like indulging her with serious answers (which only lead to more questions) in adult situations, my standard answer to complicated questions is, "the elves did it," which normally quiets her because OF COURSE the elves did it.

I used this excuse several times during my meeting with Sara and again when I dropped by a different office to sign some other papers. Both of these offices contained one distinct and matching item: a red foam high heel (as both women are members of the same women’s professional group).

Later, Bella explained her afternoon to the Mountain Man this way:
Daddy, we went to Mrs. Sara’s and there was a red high heel and it had glitter on it because her elf wears glitter and then we went to another lady’s room and she had a red high heel too but it didn’t have any glitter but it did have rat traps but only the bad elfs have to eat the rats from the trap and Murray Grace is NOT a bad elf.
All in one breath and with big eyes and a knowing grin. Because there are secrets in this world -- secrets like elves -- and she knows them. Because her imagination allows her to create twists and turns without the heavy weight of logic.

(And note that I didn't notice the traps. The woman whose office has the traps did mention they had discovered some field mice and had put out live traps. Bella must've absorbed this information, though she never commented on it nor discussed it with me later.)

Example #2: Javi learned a new joke. He points in the general direction of something that has an underside, such as the seat of a booth in a restaurant. Then he asks someone, "What’s under there?" The person is supposed to reply, "Under where?" -- which is HILARIOUS because it’s "underwear." Right?

Okay, so he asked 50 million times and we never said "Under where?" so he finally broke down and explained it. Then this happened:

Bella: You didn’t ask me, Jav!
Javi: Okay. What’s under there? [points under Bella’s seat]
Bella: Panties!

Everyone but Javi found that hilarious. Javi let us know he would NOT be playing with us anymore.

Now share. What are you loving about your child's stage of development? What's your favorite anecdote from the week?

7 comments:

  • Courtney Foster

    HA! love it! Avery does the same thing with jokes but at least Javis make sense. Hers are awful...down right awful :)

  • HynesMom

    I wish I had thought of the elves did it when Dylan was younger. But of course, he would still believe it!

    His best quote of late is that Females have more jobs than men. I couldn't agree more!

    Can't wait to hear what your mysterious news is. I have to imagine the lawyer has something to do with it.

  • Kelly Quinones Miller

    @Courtney - Bella's mission in life these days is to annoy Javi (she's a little sister, it's her birthright), so refusing to say underwear made the joke funnier than it was on its own.

    @HM - I agree. Females work too hard! Actually, the lawyer stuff is a completely different update, and nowhere near as good as the one I'm sitting on!

  • ShannonL

    Oh, they are both hilarious. Love Bella's spirit and imagination and enthusiasm! :-)

  • Sara

    I love the things they say! My almost four year old has similar enthusiasm (and length of breath) :) I'm writing a post right now about his answer to the question "what colour is the sky in your world?"

  • Kelly Quinones Miller

    @ShannonL - Yes, she's excited about ... pretty much everything.

    @Sara - Love that question!

  • Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri

    Love the reasoning here. . . "The elves did it." And I love how Bella fills in the gaps with here imagination.

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