Monthly Archives: February 2008

Bicycles and umbrellas

It was raining slightly this morning as we set off.   Lillian likes to walk in the rain, and today wanted to carry an umbrella rather than wear a raincoat.

But I wanted to ride the bicycle as usual. 

So we found a happy arrangement – Lillian in the backpack, holding the umbrella.  We must have looked like an elephant with a rider holding an umbrella.

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Writing, self-taught

Lillian is taking a spontaneous interest in writing.  We haven’t been instructing her; rather she seems to be just copying what people are doing around her – down to holding a pen in a correct “adult” fashion. 

A few days ago she took a birthday card which had the words “Special Birthday Wishes” on it, and was picking letters and copying them out on the card.

Of course she is still only taking early, clumsy steps.  Here’s today’s effort: writing her favorite word, “Lillian”:

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A mixture of letter sizes, upper and lower case; she starts writing “forwards” from the middle of the page, but then when she runs out of room goes back to the middle and continues backwards from there.  On the bright side, the N is now oriented correctly.

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True Friendship

When she turned four, Lillian had two vaccination shots – one in each upper arm.  They put a Wiggles bandaid on each spot.  She quite liked the bandaids, and so kept them on for many days.

After about 10 days, one came off.  Lillian said:

“I want to take this one to school.”

“Why would you take that old bandaid to school?”

“Because Gabby has a sore finger, and she likes Wiggles bandaids!”

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Invite

This is the invitation to Lillian’s birthday party.

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Moths must be kept…

We arrived at child care.  Very soon Lillian had found a dead moth.

“Daddy! Look what I found!”

“Yes, its a dead moth.” 

“Can we take it home?”

“Yes, I suppose so.”

“You put it in your pocket.”

I hadn’t bargained on that.  I was in my work clothes.  I ignored that brilliant idea, hoping she’d forget.

I’d almost escaped when a voice rang out across the room.

“Daddy!  You forgot to put the moth in your pocket!”

So, as I type this, I have a dead moth in my shirt pocket.

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Sore lips

On Sunday night, Lillian was making a “salad”.  She chopped up various leaves, and decided to add a red chilli she found on the bench.  She chopped that up and of course got some of the juice on her fingers. 

About an hour later she put her fingers to her mouth.  Seemingly for no reason, her lips were suddenly burning!

We quickly fetched some yoghurt from the fridge, and covered her lips.  That cooled them off temporarily, but kept falling off, so we had to re-apply more.  And of course she looked rather silly with messy white lips.  A painful episode turned into a fun game.

The next day she was playing in the yard at child care.  She was trying to climb up the slippery slide the wrong way, and somehow fell and bumped her lips, which started to bleed a little.  So her carers gave her a wet tissue.  Everything OK again…

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Only four, actually

There was a birthday cake for Lillian at child care yesterday.  Her carer put five candles on it. Lillian reminded her that she’s only four!

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