Maybe just magic.
April 02, 2013

On our way to preschool, I hear her pipe up from the backseat.  Why is the car wet on the outside?  Did it rain?

No, I tell her.  The earth and the air were different temperatures and it caused the water droplets in the air to condense.

She’s quiet for a moment, then rejects my explanation.  No, she says.  It was maybe just magic.

Then she asks me if she can have a dragon?  Please?  One of her very own?

No, I tell her.  Dragons aren’t real.

She insists that they are and I give up.  Okay, I say, if you can find a dragon and catch it, we can keep it.

She will feed it fish stew, she says.  Like the dragon in her book.  And tangerines like Elmer Elevator.

And then we’re talking about chickens and why they don’t talk.  And then we’re talking about what it means to “rewind” something.  And then we’re talking about Grandpa and how he lets her eat her very own ice cream.  And then we’re talking about where Easter eggs come from, and why she’s never seen a fairy, and how rainbows happen, and where crayons are manufactured, and whether or not her radish at school will have sprouted yet.

And I’m driving along, answering three hundred questions a minute, listening to the amazing concoctions of this little mind, thinking about how the whole world seems maybe just magic to her.

I kind of understand because she seems maybe just magic to me.

** Charlotte is three years and eight months old.  Evie is (almost) five months old.


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  1. By Glynis Jolly on April 02, 2013

    I’m a great aunt now but I remember those days of a million questions. Because I was a stay-at-home mom I always had the time for them and relished every minute with my son.

    Your daughter has a beautiful imagination.

  2. By Sarah@CrazyLoveGambleStyle on April 02, 2013

    That’s so sweet!  I love her imagination!  She is pretty magical, you can just tell.

  3. By Lynda M O on April 02, 2013

    Incredible where their thoughts take them, isn’t it ?~! I love that she’s bringing you along for the ride.

  4. By on April 02, 2013

    This post is magical on every level!  Love that last picture with Charlotte, the chickens and oranges.

  5. By Charlotte on April 02, 2013

    Those moments are the best, they grow up so fast!

  6. By on April 02, 2013

    Heh, I can relate!! The phrase I automatically use is “Hmmm, I wonder…“ and then I love to hear what answer he comes up with. Anytime I attempt to explain anything complicated to my 4 year old, I can tell by the look on his face that he is not ready scientific answers yet so I let him wonder and think it out himself. Then he can test out his own theories and see if they are true. ;)

  7. By Sarah Christensen on April 02, 2013

    Jaimie - I’ll have to try that and see what she comes up with! =)  Right now we do alot of “What do you think?“ and I love hearing how she thinks the world works.

    Mitzie - Thanks!  You cam’t tell so much in the photo but she’s chasing the chickens around with a squirt bottle lol.  I just love her!

  8. By Tracey on April 03, 2013

    This is maybe just lovely…

  9. By Krysta on April 03, 2013

    What an amazing post! I can’t wait for Nereus to start asking whatever that comes to his mind!


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