If there’s a standard way to do something, Lillian is always looking for some off-beat variation.
At child care, the kids know they can get a sticker as they pass the front desk on the way out. The stickers are small round ones which come on sheets of about 50. They are surrounded by a kind of frame of sticky paper. Whereas other kids like to get a sticker, Lillian prefers to have the frame, which is much bigger, and full of holes where the stickers were. She’s gradually plastering her trail-a-bike with these multi-coloured sticker-frame things.
As we ride home, we pass a large granite monument-type thing with four sides and and a flat top about 7 feet high. On each side is a drinking fountain. Lillian likes to have a drink, and then to climb up on top of the monument. She stands up there and starts singing randomly. It is at a busy footpath-crossing on the Melbourne University campus, so people are wandering by wondering what is with this little kid, standing so high and singing away.