6.17.2008

Invisible Friend

This morning, G woke up pretty late, after a nocturnal episode that involved our bed and puke. It was not pretty, and it's amazing how awake you can feel at 5AM, changing sheets, comforting crying child, trying not to gag. So, come the AM and Miss G is still asleep. I vacillated between elation that I had a quiet morning alone, and worrying that she had dengue fever.

The morning continued: coffee, Charles Spurgeon's Morning By Morning, etc. After a while I started to hear her in her room, talking, so I went to see what was the deal. I met her in the hallway, as she was coming out of her room, busily slamming the door. "I found Jesus," she announced," He was hiding by my Diaper Champ." She gestured to the stuffed animal kitty in her arms, "But me and Jesus and my kitty want some breakfast."

So what do you do? I set them all up. Kitty was on the floor with a bowl of 'kitty-cereal' and apparently, Jesus really likes our chartreuse Fiesta ware (my own personal favorite) and eats organic Cheerios with bananas, like G.

It's so strange, she has a real invisible friend. I mean, an actual friend that she can't see. It gave me a little bit of a brain cramp. How do I respond? I mean, I really believe Jesus is there with her somehow, watching over her, teaching, guiding, loving and nurturing. And, I suppose, playing with her. And now she's pretending that he's crouched next to her diaper trash can, playing hide-and-go-seek.
You'll probably never hear that line in a Vineyard worship song.....

"Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part: then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." 1 Corinthians 13:12

Still to come: A partial list

*update on both the church library and new coffeehouse courtyard garden.
*How it really happened: the true story of how I got the little scar above my eye
*an amazing Annie Dillard poem, if I can get my Annie Dillard reader back from the molly.........

1 comment:

sarah said...

This is, by far, the funniest and most insightful blog post I have read this week (I have been reading a LOT, mind you). How adorable. How I love that lil' Gracie.

But really...how DO you explain all that? If she has to have an imaginary friend, Jesus is definitely best. I had an imaginary friend at her age...named Jenner...after my uncle's dog.

Wish I would have known Jesus then.

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

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  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
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  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
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