a whole new world.

We’ve entered a new era with our Pi’bears. Make believe is officially here.

Of course she’s been playing pretend for quite some time now but this thing, this is different. This is leave me alone with this piece of packaging material so I can rip it to shreds and spend hours pretending I’ve made fruit strips. This is don’t worry about those baby noises in my bedroom, that’s just my baby Jake who lives with me now because his mommy died when a worm got in her brain. (I know, I know.) This is just hand over that basket full of odds and ends, and those shoes, and a half dozen miscellaneous bags. I have groceries to fetch.

Yes, we’re in the throes of it.

She spends large chunks of her time wandering around the house muttering and mumbling to herself. Well, not herself exactly – her friends. We try to ignore her because if we call attention to it she’ll stop and that ceases the entertainment. So we pretend as if she’s not even in the room as she chatters incessantly, unraveling the tale in her mind. If it weren’t so darn cute it would be disconcerting.

Yesterday, I caught her in her room with her door cracked. I stood there for several minutes, in plain sight, before finally racing down the hall for my camera. For once she didn’t seem to mind that I had intruded on her little world. She just continued as if I weren’t standing there, snapping away.

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Welcome Enchantment, I hope you’ll stay awhile.

Nicki SmithJuly 17, 2009 - 12:50 pm

How special that you captured this moment! I love the expressions on her face. What a treasure!

MarciJuly 17, 2009 - 1:21 pm

This is so sweet. Great memories captured again.

Tina RJuly 17, 2009 - 1:55 pm

Love it! The story, the photo series…a very familiar scene at our house too. Gabby has to take her “granddaughters” (??) everywhere we go! I love the imagination!!

jules trandemJuly 17, 2009 - 9:01 pm

thanks for making me smile. love that she’s letting you into her world. 🙂

LaraJuly 18, 2009 - 5:45 am

That is so sweet! My younger sister and I used to share (yes, share) an imaginary friend. Her name was Coca. Coca Cabana. She was a showgirl with feathers in her hair. OK, so we didn’t entirely get the song, and we clearly missed the part that goes, “Her name was Lola,” and that it was COPA Cabana, but we loved us some Coca. She used to take us on trips all over the world, which required us packing all of our worldly belongings into my oldest sister’s red hard-side Samsonite suitcase. So rock on, Sarah! Your imaginary friends will be some of the best that you ever have!

GramaJuly 18, 2009 - 7:52 am

Can’t wait to see this in action! She has always had a great imagination. Not long ago she was carrying on a one-sided conversation on a play telephone like someone was actually at the other end talking and asking her questions. Love that girl!

JenniferoJuly 18, 2009 - 4:42 pm

Some say this sort of imaginary play shows a high intelligence. Others say psychoses. Considering that I too had an imaginary friend (named Buttons) I think I’m going with the former! At least she’s entertaining herself and not demanding that you keep her entertained!!

rachelzanaJuly 19, 2009 - 8:12 pm

I love it, love it, love it. There is NOTHING better than pretend. And imaginary friends. I had a whole boarding school of imaginary friends until I was twelve. (I lived on a farm on a desolate prairie, FAR from any boarding schools).

MichelleJuly 20, 2009 - 8:43 am

Kids imaginations are just awesome aren’t they? The babies mommy dying because a worm got in her brain – that made me laugh out loud. My kids, now 9 & 13, used to say off the wall things…glad they aren’t alone. I LOVE the photos of Sarah and her baby…the expressions are priceless. In a few years, when Sarah is texting and telling secrets with her girlfriends, you’ll look back on these photos and treasure them even more than you already do.

AmandaJuly 30, 2009 - 7:45 am

She is simply beautiful. I remember playng with my babies and chattering as well. The fact that she does this proves that her parents have allowed/taught her to play without constantly having her plugged into things with screens, buttons and lights. Good for you!

I have been bad about reading my favorite blogs lately. My how I have missed your updates!

Amanda

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