Last Friday, G tested for his orange belt. On the way to the "dojo" (which is really a rented storefront in our tiny downtown area) S sat in the back seat talking to her left hand. She held it in a fist up to one cheek and did a passable imitation of a teenager in a chat-a-thon with a good friend, named Honey. She had the sarcastic overemphasis on all the right words. She kept her free hand going in lots of gestures. It was hilarious.
"Honey, what are you talking about?" she asked with great incredulity.
"Eating your pajamas! Honey, that's disgusting!"
"Well, I know. But still, you shouldn't eat them. They're not food, you know."
"Yeah, but I've told you and told you not to do that."
This went on and on all the way to downtown, which is just a mile away from our house, but she continued as we parked, walked to the little dojo, all the way up to the door. She and honey discussed which stuffed animals were mad at each other and why, and what they like and don't like on TV. Finally, I told her to hang up at which point she said to her hand, "Okay, Honey, gotta go. Bye."
The end near. She's 5, and all I can think is: What's going to happen when she gets her hands on a real phone?