"I have an idea!" This phrase rings out about a hundred times a day in my house.
Sometimes it comes from Maya. She says the words thoughtfully and hopefully.
"I have an idea. Let's pretend we are dinosaurs, and we have to save a lost dinosaur in the woods." For the next few minutes, the girls stomp around the ottoman roaring and crooking their arms up like a t-rex, looking for a hidden stuffed animal... or me.
idea with gusto: I-DEE-YA!
For the next few minutes, Maya tries patiently to coax the announced idea out of Elliot. She crouches down, leans directly into Elliot's face, and says, "Is your idea that we should have a snack?" or "Is your idea that we should play vet and you are a kitty?"
Elliot answers "yes" to whatever Maya suggests, and after a bit, Maya picks her favorite option and leads Elliot off to play restaurant in the kitchen, or road trip with the cardboard car we made.
They have begun playing together in a whole new, much more involved way, and it's spectacular to join them.
Gems worth Re-Reading
About Growing Baby Doing Good Together Elliot Rose Family Rituals Fie Flora and Fauna For the Love of Learning Greenish In My Opinion Just for Laughs Just for Me Making Tinkles Maya Mindfulness Mmm... So Tastey NaNoWriMo News of the Day Noveling Photo Friday Sewing Sisterly Love Sweet Dreams The Chicken Ladies the end Tonsils We like to Move It Move It Wonderment