That, up there, is a moment of true magic. One I doubt I'll ever forget. That, up there, is a picture of Josephine and her cat, Teeny.
One afternoon this week, I was tapping away at the computer while Josephine was happily playing. Suddenly she took my hand, exclaiming 'cat! cat!' Puzzled, I stood up and let her show me what she was so excited about. She led me to the fireplace, laid down and pointed at the tiles in front of her.
Josephine: 'Cat! Cat!'
Mama: Where darling?
Mama: In front of you? Wow! How big is it?
Josephine: This! (making a very small shape with her hands)
Mama: Oh! And what colour is it?
Mama: And what's it's name?
Josephine: (thinking about it carefully) Teeny!
Mama: It's name is Teeny? Wow!
Her first imaginary pet/friend. It was an extraordinary moment, that was so wonderful. She was so excited, and she sat looking and talking to Teeny the Cat, like this, for about ten minutes. My camera happened to be on the table and I snapped these shots.
Teeny has been with us all week. He mostly lives in her cot, and they play when she goes to bed. Ben and I listen with glee as we hear her talking to him ('hello cat!') across her monitor.
This girl. She blows our minds every day.