One of my favorite things to do these days is it to sit and listen while Josie plays with her toys. She has lots of Little People toys, and they often have extended conversations with each other. I've heard Belle tell Cinderella that it was diaper changing time, Puppy save Momma from dragons, and everything in between. Yesterday, I heard Josie voicing a conversation between her toys, and was surprised to see that this time it was two bristle blocks talking to each other. I quickly jotted down a few snippets of what I heard, which went something like this:
"Hey cute sweetie pie!"
"Of course you can!"
"My pack-ack" (Which is how Josie says "backpack". And each of the two large bristle blocks had a small, square bristle block stuck on it like a backpack, by the way.)
"It's perfect. Please?"
"Of course you can."
"Going for ice cream."
"Yummy ice cream."
The conversation went on and on, and I couldn't catch all of it, but I loved being able to capture the few lines that I could. One of my favorite parts of hearing her have these conversation is hearing how what her toys say reflects what we say to her. I glow when I hear them call each other darling or sweetheart, or sing lullabies to each other. And, on occasion, I cringe a little, like the time I heard one person sternly tell the other, "No tears!" It's a powerful reminder that who Josie ends up being in this world and how she treats others will, in large part, be shaped by who we are as parents and how we treat her. So please excuse me while I go call her sweetheart, give her a hug and sing her a song or two.