Have you ever named an inanimate object? (Your car? Your laptop? The volleyball that kept you company while you were stranded in the ocean?) Share the story of at least one object with which you’re on a first-name basis.
“Can I wear my mean shoes to school today?” Crystal asked?
“I don’t know,” I answered, “which are your mean shoes?”
She dug into the closet and came out with a pair of pink trainers, Velcro fastened, and adorned with rainbows and sparkly purple unicorns. She held them up, “These.” She said.
“Those look like happy shoes. Not mean shoes.”
“No, they’re mean. This one is Sally,” she held up the right shoe, “and this one is Butch.” She held up the left one. If bad guys came I could kick them with Butch and Sally and those bad guys would run away.”
“Sure, you can wear your mean shoes then. Put ‘em on.” I tossed her some socks with ruffles around the ankles. She sat down in the middle of the bedroom floor and went to work. I went downstairs to finish packing her lunch.
She came down about the time I got the lunch finished. She had changed into her “princess” dress but her mean shoes were on the wrong feet.
“Hey,” I said, “Sally is on the wrong foot. You should fix that.”
“I had to put her on this foot,” she explained. “Butch is on the other one.”
“Yeah, I forgot to mention that. Butch is on the wrong foot too.”
“Really?” she asked, and she plopped down on her butt in the middle of the kitchen floor to straighten things out.
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