Where does the imagination sprout from? Sitting here quietly to recover from the hectic crazy noisy morning, I’m observing again. Tre has gone out in the yard to play while Papa does a bit of yard work. Dija is just hanging out here with me. Divide and conquer is my favorite method. They can be sooo noisy! So as I’m ignoring her and letting her do her thing I’m amazed again at what she knows and how she plays. How does she know to play with the baby doll and use her soft voice and take care of little “Barney” and lay him down for a nap? Is she imitating us? Why isn’t she crawling around smashing cars and trucks into walls? Oh wait a minute…doesn’t Barney teach children to “Just Imagine” in his show? I’m pretty sure Dija has never watched Barney on TV though so I’m perplexed.
As for her playing with Barney…yes the purple dinosaur character. She’s pretending he’s a baby and is taking him to Papa and Neenee’s bed for naps. She’s giving him a baby bottle and treating him ever so lovingly. Well this poor guy has had a rough life and perhaps she senses this. Barney was one of Caitlyn’s favorite toys. Caitlyn wore holes in his neck from carrying him around and wiggling his head to make him talk. So when he was looking really bad there were numberous kind and generous people who donated Barneys to Caitlyn. She pretty much rejected them all because it wasn’t the real Barney. He had to go through the lauandry frequently because he was just disgusting. Finally it happened…his head fell off. Nana is pretty handy with the sewing needles so she set to work and patched him up with brilliant patches that didn’t quite match. Caitlyn thought it odd at first but knew this was still the real Barney. Then the patches wore out… back for more reconstructive surgery by Nana. Eventually there just wasn’t enough head to stitch back on so we had to do the unthinkinable. No we didn’t toss him! We did a head transplant. Nana used a similar Barney and chopped off the healthy head and stitched the old Barney body and the new Barney head together. It’s the funniest looking critter in the house. Caitlyn still plays with him when she visits. Dija aparently thinks he’s great too… he’s kind of special…Caitlyn told her so!