One day Anni was twirling and singing one of her original compositions.
"It's my gift!" she declared.
Dizzy, she fell with spectacular gracelessness.
Laying on her back on the tile floor she began flapping her arms and legs
as if she were making a snow angel.
"Falling down is also a gift!" says she.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

pirate booty

I put Frankie down for her nap today, leaving Annika half-snoozing as she watched Kiki's Delivery Service on the sofa. When I came down 15 minutes later, Annika was fully awake. In fact, she was jumping up and down. "Great news, mama! Great news!" "What's that?" She led me to the kitchen, and pointed dramatically at the floor. "Someone bought me a hugging bear! Isn't that great?" Yes, she managed to find where I had hidden a present for her birthday, still 2 months away. I spotted this being clearanced for $15, so I thought I could keep it hidden for a few months. I'm quite sure she wasn't purposefully looking for it. Just a sudden curiosity about the laundry room, I guess. She's been asking for this little ewok-sounding thing for nearly a year already, so she was understandably excited. Evidently wondrous treasures do just appear magically when you go exploring.


Blogger dublin said...

Thanks for the definition (previous post)!
Rayna got a newborn fur-real Panda for her birthday. It is too cute! (I also got some clothes on clearance that were designed to go on the little bears that WalMart sells (ripping off the whole Build-A-Bear theme)...and those clothes fit her fur-real panda perfectly! Sounds like Anni got the full-sized version, though....still I know how much she likes to dress (or at least undress) you might get the bear some doll clothes (at least THAT part could be a surprise to her)!

7/19/2005 2:59 PM  
Blogger ocelot said...

d00d, i am so tearing apart my laundry room when i get home!

7/19/2005 3:27 PM  
Blogger Yankee T said...

How funny! That'll larn ya' to try to hide a thing, huh?

7/19/2005 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

I guess you have to get another present, eh?

7/20/2005 6:41 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Oh, those Luv Cubs! We got Mary and Anna each one for Christmas last year, but at that time they were pretty popular and the only color they had was white. So, we got them both white, even though we knew darn well that Mary wanted the panda and Anna wanted the brown bear. But, since they asked Santa for them, we had to get the ones we could. They get them mixed up, but not a big deal because as long as each of them have one it's ok. Now, if we could only find the bottles that they came with....

7/20/2005 9:00 AM  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

That is really adorable. It is just so cool to be a kid, isn't it?

7/20/2005 11:37 AM  
Blogger jo(e) said...

Unexpected surprises are more fun than birthday presents any day! What a cute story.

7/20/2005 7:58 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I remember one year around Christmas my parents left my (unmarried, no kids) uncle in charge of us three girls (I think we were probably 10, 6 & in the middle). He had run out of things to entertain us with, so he started rummaging around in a closet somewhere. Out came Candy Land!! We were SO excited because we had asked Santa Claus for it, and it was there already! Man was my uncle in TROUBLE!!

Note to self: NEVER hide the present in the laundry room. Anthony LOVES that area.


7/21/2005 8:11 AM  
Blogger Scrivener said...

So, is Kiki's Delivery Service any good? Saw a review of Miyaki's (sp?) new film that made some of his older ones sound interesting...

7/21/2005 9:16 AM  
Blogger Moreena said...

Yes, we like Kiki, although I don't think it is his very best film. The plot is kind of meandering, with issues brought up and then left unresolved. But I actually kind of enjoy that in a kid's movie. So many of them seem so relentless in pursuit of a moral lesson. This one is just about a look into this little girl's life. It seems to be his "lightest" film, as many of the others have some truly scary scenes/situations and also violence. Annika also loves "Castle in the Sky." In fact, even more than Kiki's Delivery Service, but I suspect that is due in no small part to the fantastic soundtrack for that film. It is lovely and haunting, and she is a sucker for a film with good music. However, Castle does have much more violence than Kiki's Delivery Service, and so that is something to consider. I don't know...I guess I am sometimes OK with violence in a child's film as long it is not super-gorey, gratuitous, and is in the service of a really compelling, challenging plot (which can be a real rarity in the kids' film market). "Spirited Away" scared her, although it is a beautiful film with beautiful music, as well. I think getting separated from your parents in a scary way and then having the girl put into a constantly, unrelentlessly stressful environment was a bit much for her (although she is OK with movies where the parents have been gone for a while or the parent lost is not a human one, such as Nemo or Lion King. I'm sure there is some good explanation for this in childhood psychology somewhere.) So we're saving "Spirited Away" for when she is a bit older. Meanwhile, we enjoy it.

Actually, I originally got "Castle in the Sky" for myself, not her. But she *really* wanted to see it, so I let her, with the proviso that if it ever got too scary, she could let me know.

7/21/2005 12:57 PM  
Blogger purple_kangaroo said...

LOL, that is so funny and cute.

7/22/2005 1:37 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

You have just inspired me to poke around here for hidden gifts - although, if I find nothing, I might be crushed with disappointment.

7/23/2005 6:30 AM  
Blogger Granny Greenweed said...

Did I ever tell you about the time my sisters and I found the wonderful books Mom and Dad had put away for us for Christmas? Only thing is...they did not buy the part where we "accidently" found them. Could it have been that we had to climb up on top of the dresser to reach the closet that held them? Never did that again!

7/24/2005 7:53 PM  
Blogger PPB said...

I wish I had a laundry room. Maybe that's why I haven't gotten that bear yet....

7/27/2005 12:12 PM  
Blogger Heartmom said...

Came across you today! Great story!
Ill be back :)

7/27/2005 2:30 PM  

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