When I was pregnant, I thought I’d read up on all of the awful worrisome things I’d have to fret over when my child was a toddler. Yes, it would make sense that I would read about infant issues, but I didn’t. I thought I’d skip ahead.
I’ve always been a read-the-last-page-first kind of gal, much to the chagrin of .. no one, really.
Anyway, one of my favorite topics because it made no sense to me whatsoever was how people worried SO MUCH about their kids having imaginary friends. They worried about the social ramifications, the emotional ramifications, and just a whole bunch of gobbledegook that often led questions about the need for therapy.
I kid you not.
Well, here we are, in reality about five years later, and you know what? I FIND IT SO CHARMING.
Around six months ago, Tony began telling us about his sister. Which, admittedly, bothered me initially. I would love LOVE love another baby, but .. we’re just not there. I’m having to (unwillingly) give up on that. Anyway, the stories he began to tell us got more and more detailed and I LOVE THEM.
Here are some details about his sister.
- Her name is Beekey. I’m not sure how it’s spelled, because he spells it L-L-I-L-E, but it’s pronounced as if you were trying to come up with an affectionate term of endearment for Beaker on the Muppets.
- She lives in a castle far away, which he has often pointed out to me as we drive home from school. (It is, at best, a three bedroom ranch house from the outside, but maybe the inside is roomier.)
- She plays basketball in the league that Jack plays in, because she is ALWAYS playing in the girls’ game before Jack’s. The number on her jersey usually contains a 4. She is REALLY good, but she doesn’t always win the game, because sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t.
- She goes to school at night, which is why we never see her there. She likes school at night better because she likes stars.
- She is anywhere between five and seven years of age. It’s hard to keep up with, because she has about two birthdays a week.
- She loves salad. She also loves lettuce. She really likes lettuce IN her salad, too.
- She likes beans, which is good, because Tony doesn’t. He often wants to save his beans for Beekey.
- She is really good at Mario Kart and she also has a Buzz Lightyear suit. As such, Tony often bemoans that he can’t visit her more often.
It really is ridiculous how much I love hearing these stories. We’ll often prompt him when he’s nearing a meltdown or getting upset about something to tell us about Beekey’s day, and I love watching him glance upward and he spins a yarn about what Beekey might have been up to.
This kid, man. He may look nothing like me, but he has a talent for the tale just like his momma.