One of Lucy's favorite books is Where the Wild Things Are. As with many of her favorite books, she has memorized and can recite certain passage from this story
On the way home Friday, Lucy and I stopped at the grocery store to pick up a couple necessities (read frozen pizza) We stopped at Stop and Shop just down the street from the house and though it is not out usual market choice, it's close to home and easy to get in and out of.
As we made our way through the store to the frozen food aisle, Lucy was jabbering away much to the amusement of the two women who were in front of us and the man who walked into the store with us from the parking lot:
Mama!!! Maybe we'll see some animals! Lucy declared with such pure joy, hope and honesty in her voice it made my heart melt...and it made the people around us grin.....she was holding my hand and sort of hopping/jumping as we walked along
Maybe Lucy, I responded. What kind of animals do you think we might see in the grocery store?
Without hesitating or thinking she blurts out loudly Maybe a lion and a tiger!
Maybe I say with a hint of chuckle......I also hear one of the women giggle and the man laughs aloud. The third woman murmurs with a smile I hope not!
Lucy continues on: Yeah Mama! Maybe a lion and a tiger!!!! Yeah Mama! I love lions and tigers!
What should we do if we see a lion and tiger? I ask, What should we say?
At this point, we've come to a stand still and the other three adults have also stopped and are pretending to look for frozen entrees but really, the four of us were watching Lucy
Lucy jumps to a stop and says at the top of her little voice and with her arms above her head:
I will say BE STILL!!! she lowers her arms so her hands are in front of her and she is sort of waving them at the "lion and tiger"
She drops to just above a whisper and crouches ever so slightly and continues on...
And then I will tame them with a magic trick!!!!!! (she sort of waves her hands about and raises her voice as she says this)
I will look into their eyes and not even blink or make googly eyes! (googly eyes in Lucy's world is when she winks at someone)
At this point, one of the woman is literally shaking with laughter...I'm trying to look all engrossed in what she is saying, the second woman is just staring with a grin on her face and the man looks confused and amused at the same time.
Lucy, unaware of her audience continues on her narrative.....with great authority, and kicking one leg in the air karate chop style while waving her arms she YELLS:
And then I will tell them LET THE WILD RUMPUS START!!!!!!
And they will dance with me!!!! at which point she does a quick two step and then jumps to a stop.
I am mesmerized, one of the woman has disappeared down the next aisle and can be heard laughing, the other woman smiles and says to no one in particular Just what I'd do if I came across a lion and tiger in Stop and Shop...
And the man looks at me and says
For the first time in my life, I want kids......
Maria the Mum