Me: “Well, I’d better get off the computer.”
Rose: “Is it time to leave for school?”
Me: “No. But I need to eat my breakfast and do my makeup. You need something to do, don’t you?”
Rose: “No, I’m okay. I just like thinking about stuff. Well, there was this sock that either you or Dad buyed, and if I putted the sock on my hand, and stretched out my fingers so it looked like a froggy hand, if I showed it to someone, then I would turn into a little frog. Then I could go under stuff so people couldn’t get me, and I could live outside, and I wouldn’t have to do chores, unless I was gardening because I was a frog. If I didn’t want to go to school, I would put on that sock and show it to Mom, then I would be a little frog and I would go under my dresser, so I wouldn’t be able to go to school.”
When some girls in our neighborhood had a face-painting booth for the 4th of July, Rose asked for a star on her forehead, and rocks on the backs of her hands.
Update: I’m just realizing that even imaginary puppets can help kids to express their true feelings.