Some of Bea's friends aren't invisible but they do require a serious dose of imagination to bring them to life! Our daughter's 'friends' are two pairs of salt and pepper shakers. One pair are snow people. Frosty and Frostina if you're lucky enough to be on a first name bases! The other pair are Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bea has been enchanted with these breakable figures since they appeared on our Holiday scene in December. After Christmas we decided to pack away Santa and spouse, thinking that would somehow cushion the blow! Bea was distraught when she realised that Santa and Mrs Claus were gone. We tried to explain that they were heading back to the North Pole to prepare for next Christmas. A few days later Bea fell down and bumped her knee. When I asked if she wanted mommy to kiss her hurt knee she tearfully answered, "I need Mrs Claus to kiss it!" That's when I decided it wouldn't hurt if Christmas lived on for a bit longer in our house.
At first I was a little panicked that our daughter had chosen Publix salt and pepper shakers to be her best buddies! Am I gonna have to travel with these things! I can just imagine having to explain these characters to airport security! But on the other hand... I'm THRILLED to see Bea's creative mind at work. Her imaginative play is thriving and her story lines with these jolly Christmas characters are lovely. She knows to be gentle when handling them. When our 'real' friends come over to play Bea and I place our jolly bunch on a high shelf where they will be safe. When she tucks them into their little bed at night she is sweet and caring and it warms my heart.
|Sharing her chocolate with Frostina|
|Mrs Claus telling Bea something...|
This past week we had a good helping of snow. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and Frostina are strictly forbidden from leaving the house. They were able to watch while MC and Bea made a snowman in the backyard/garden. Bea waved to them every once in a while...
|MC & Bea trying to eat falling snow|
"I'll play it first and tell you what it is later" ~ Miles Davis