As we waited for the girls to complete a costume change, I reviewed the photos in my camera while Richard continued to practice some tunes. He casually suggested that we should do one of these skits that the girls are putting on today for our friends for our annual Christmas party; I could narrate while he accompanied on the guitar with tone-appropriate music and Young One acted out the script. My eyes widened -- "You mean, we are going to be one of those families?" He couldn't contain his laughter.
Yesterday I returned from a morning of shopping to discover that Young One had written two stories. As in, the child took out a piece of paper, grabbed her pencil, and wrote enough to fill the entire blank page. Twice. And by the end of the day today, she has two more stories. This may seem like no big deal to you, but it's a big step, a cause for celebration in our house. My child wrote an entire page of text, unprompted by me. She created dialog. She crafted characters. She spelled many things correctly, and when she didn't know, she invented spelling. An entire page. All by herself. She used words and language on paper in a creative, promising way for the first time. That is brilliant.
Sunday morning we did a bit of reader's theater. I read the stories (try decoding invented spelling in a foreign language), Richard provided the music, and the girls selected costumes and "acted." Again, this was Young One's idea. I suppose we are indeed becoming one of those families. It's perfectly okay for a Sunday morning, but don't think it'll be coming to a Christmas party near you. Even I have my limits.
Yes, I do realize that kids all over the world write stories every single day, that this is a normal stage of development, that as a type this some kid is writing a story . . . but those aren't my kids. Some parents get excited over the first steps or the first words; for me, it's this act of writing that has my heart leaping. Let me have my moment.
I used Pioneer Woman's "Seventies" action on this photos. I like it for this subject, I think.