Oh, my daughter inspires laughter from me on an almost daily basis. Her imagination has always been one of my most admired qualities about her. I faintly remember being so creative and imaginative myself at her age. What happened? I wonder what age I was when I started to channel my imagination and creativity into craft things instead of imaginative play.
I'm ashamed to say this, but playing pretend games with my daughter is my least favorite activity to do with her. I love snuggling on the couch, I'll read to her, I don't mind dressing Barbies, I'll babysit for her dolls all day long, or suggest, "Let's play a board game!". But I honestly groan whenever she says, "Okay, mommy. Let's pretend I'm your sister and we're orphans. Our parents were killed in a bad boat accident. And we are searching for buried treasure on the island that we are stuck on. Pretend the bed is the boat, okay? You can't get off or the alligators will eat you! And you need to say, "Sister! Watch out for the alligators! They're coming!" and then you say, "Oh dear, I hope we find some land soon." And you were a princess, but you didn't know it, okay?"
Um.... what was I supposed to say again? She lost me back on the "Let's pretend..." I just can't keep up with the script!
But sometimes I really don't mind imaginative play with her.
I walked downstairs a few days ago to find this:
"What's all this?" I ask.
"Oh, its just my 5 Star Spa and 5 Star Restaurant. Do you want to come in for a treatment?"
I laugh. "Where on earth did you learn about things being "5 Star"?"
Well, okay then :)
I lay down on the "massaging table" after Jaina quickly shows me how to lay:
I was treated to a wonderful back and shoulder massage by a 5 Star masseuse.
Then she showed me where to sit for the fabulous hair style I was about to receive:
Sorry, no pictures of my hair. Let's just suffice it to say it was most definitely "5 Star".
Thanks again, Jaina. I'll be happy to play this pretend game anytime :)
What pretend games do your kids like to play?