A week or so ago, I woke up with an enormous spider bite on my back. HUGE! Paprika (age 7) heard me talking about it – and here is our conversation:
Me: I got bitten by an enormous spider last night while I was sleeping.
Paprika: Oh, that must be dear Mr. Higgins up in your bed again!
Me: Who is Dear Mr. Higgins?
Paprika: The spider who lives under your bed. I found him in your bed between the covers last week and I put him back under your bed.
Me: Why did you put a spider under my bed?
Paprika: Because that’s where he lives, of course! It’s his home.
Me: Oh, well…he bit me. Mr. Higgins really bit me.
Paprika: Spiders have to eat. I bet he was hungry. So, feel good that you did something nice for hungry Mr. Higgins. I bet you tasted like a cupcake.
Me: Next time you see him, will you put him outside?
Paprika: I think he would be too lonely.
Me: Well, perhaps we should put him in your bedroom.
Paprika: I will ask him about that next time I see him. I’m not sure but he might have a family.
And THAT is a conversation I always want to remember! I am always astounded how the world of make believe is so alive and well in the minds of my children. It is such a joy to see the world through their eyes.
Do your children ever surprise you with their imaginations?