I think it goes without saying that Gavin has quite the imagination. As he get older, and has more experiences, his imagination is growing (if it can actually do that?). I watch him play with his toys, and I hear him incorporate different things from books we've read, movies we've watched, and things we've seen. However, his imagination is slowly starting to creep into our everyday lives, and our conversations are becoming more and more interesting.
Gavin: Mommy. There something I don't want to tell you.
Me: You can tell me anything Gavin.
Gavin: No, it's terrible. I can't tell you this terrible thing.
Me: It's okay, Gavin, you can tell me.
Gavin: Big sigh. One time . . .(dramatic pause) I got lost in the jungle.
Oh, yeah? Glad you shared that with me.
Gavin: Mommy, bend down so I can whisper in your ear. I have a secret to tell you.
Me: It's okay, Gavin, you can just tell me without whispering in my ear.
Gavin: No, I have to tell you in your ear.
Me: Okay, fine. What is it?
Gavin: I killed Mufasa.
Really, all this time I thought it was Scar . . .
Last night, he wanted to have a sleep over with his cousins. He was excited about it, until bedtime rolled around. I think the fact that I was still there and hadn't left yet was the deciding factor in his not actually staying the night. Shortly after all the kids were in the bed, he comes downstairs crying.
Me: What's wrong, Gavin?
Gavin: I'm scared.
Me: What are you scared of?
Me: Well, I'm pretty sure they got rid of all their bears a long time ago, so you can just go back upstairs and go to sleep.
Gavin: No, Mommy, I'm scared of bears.
After repeated attempts to get him to lie down on the bed (knowing he'd pass out as soon as he did), I ended up taking him with me when I left. When we were talking about why he didn't end up having a sleepover with his cousins, he again mentioned that he was scared.
Me: There was nothing to be scared of, Gavin.
Gavin: Yes, there was. I was very scared.
Me: There aren't any bears in Aunt Amy's house, Gavin. That's just silly.
Gavin: Not bears, Momma. I was afraid there was going to be a space storm.
Me: A space storm?
Gavin: Yes, I'm afraid of space storms.
Me: Well, we're not in outer space so I don't think you have to be too afraid of space storms, Gavin.
Gavin: But, Mommy, Earth is in space.
As he has more and more experiences, I cannot wait to see what else he comes up with. Or, maybe I should be afraid . . .
Get thee to an independent bookstore.
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