Making Her Point

When my oldest graduated from the crib to a big girl bed I found a bedding set with Winnie the Pooh on it. I always loved Winnie the Pooh and assumed my daughter would, too. That, unfortunately, was not to be. It wasn’t like she hated the bedding, but she didn’t get excited about it, either. Nor did she care to watch any of the movies I bought that I had loved as a kid.

Eventually I got rid of the Pooh comforter, but I kept the sheets. You can always use another set of sheets. Diva was not a big fan of Pooh either and I was beginning to think none of my kids were going to share my love of Pooh. Still the sheets remained and were eventually passed down to Peanut.

Peanut loves the sheets. In fact, she loves them so much that she gets upset when I have to change them so they can be washed. This is not something she tells you with words. Peanut has no words yet to make that point. But, she can communicate her point all the same with a few meaningful points, exclamations of dissatisfaction and a whole lot of body language.

Peanut has one other preference about the sheets that she has made clear on numerous occasions. The pillow case has two scenes. One is of Pooh looking through a telescope with a birdie sitting on it. The other is of Pooh and Piglet looking through a magnifying glass at a frog. Peanut will not sleep on the birdie side. If I make her bed and place the wrong side up she will flip the pillow. In addition, if I put the frog side upside down, she’ll fix it. The pillow must be just so. She is so determined by this that even last night, at 3:00 in the morning, when I led her back to bed throwing the pillow back on the bed for her, she stopped, saw I had put the pillow birdie side up and flipped it before laying down to go back to sleep.

On this Thanksgiving day, I’m thankful, that even though my daughter may not have the verbalization to speak with me, we can still communicate like any mom and daughter and that my daughter can make her point, like any other child her age.

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