Maddie and Katie play with toys – sometimes. Mostly though, they play make believe. They play family and school and swim lessons and art gallery and daycare and furniture store and library and restaurant. They invent scenarios and role play. They mimic what they observe in the world. It’s a joy to watch.
The neighbors were over for a playdate and all four girls decided to play family. There was a mommy and a big sister and a little sister and a grandma. Maddie was the mommy, but I noticed she wasn’t playing.
“Whatcha doing, Mads?” I asked.
“Making something,” she answered without looking up, her head bent over the table littered with paper and crayons. I shrugged and left her alone.
A short while later Maddie walked into the kitchen holding her creation. “It’s a computer,” she announced proudly. “I’m the mommy so I need to work on my computer.”
At first I felt sad that Maddie would role play a mommy by working. But, alas, it is true – sometimes mommies work on the computer. Mommies also play and do puzzles and read books and hug and tickle and listen and talk and laugh.
And Maddie knows this. Of course she knows.