She handed me the pipe cleaners and asked, “Mommy, will you make me some glasses?”
I will make you pipe cleaner glasses because it’s good to see through the eyes of someone else.
And, because I was once you.
As a child, I have more than a few photos of me wearing Mr. Potato head’s glasses.
As a child, I recall more than a few times un-bending a paper clip and then re-bending it so that I could “pretend” I had braces. (Yep, in my mouth the dirty paper clip went.)
Then, as a super-awkward-looking 7th grader I remember starting the schoolyear wearing fake glasses that I bought from Claire’s… little did I know that I’d be ending that school year wearing real glasses.
It appears that from an early age it’s fun to pretend that we’re someone else; to see what life is like as your friend, or your cousin or that girl in the book.
Keep doing that, sweet girl. Put yourself in others’ footsteps forever. Always do that.
And thanks for reminding me that I need to do that more often, too.