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Barbies, Pirates and Talking Cars


I have to admit something. I can’t play. No really, I can’t. At least not that super imaginative kind of play where you create a world of Barbies and act out their lives.
I love to play games, read books and color with my girls. But don’t ask me to play Little People.
I will teach them how to make protein bars, sift flour, cream butter and sugar and flip a pancake. Just keep the pirate hats and eye patches away, thanks.
I can spend hours with them walking in the woods and looking at leaves, trees and snakes. We crawl through the yard and dig in holes looking for bugs. I get really excited when we pull out the microscope! I don’t make a good princess, though.
My girls will take any object that is numerous and create a talking world of it. Matchbox cars, crayons, pencils, Goldfish crackers. But for some reason I can’t figure out one thing for my little Camaro to say. The girls will sit there clamoring away as the voices of their cars when suddenly…
“You have to make them TALK!”
“Oh…right. Uh…’Hi'”
*sigh* “Not like that!”
Seriously, how do you get “Hi” wrong?? Acting our scenarios with Little People, Barbies, cars, crackers, is just not something my brain allows me to do. Once I reached a certain age my gene for imaginative play seemed to disappear. I had it as a kid but I haven’t seen it in a while. I sometimes force myself to try because my girls are SO worth my discomfort. My most favorite pretend play is Doctor. I get to be the patient and lay on the floor with my eyes closed. That check up never lasts long enough.
I’m very grateful my girls have each other to play pretend with. It is SUCH an important part of childhood and I love that they enjoy it and engage in it so much. I love it even more that I, personally, can observe it more than participate in it.
Now someone grab that dead beetle while I go get the microscope!


Author: leangreenmommy

Hi, I'm Sonia! I'm the mom of 4 wonderful daughters and wife to one amazing man, trying to live a healthier life, care for the earth and just survive the day. When I'm not cooking up new recipes in the kitchen or shuttling kids to soccer, volleyball and lacrosse I run an in-home daycare and am a freelance writer.

3 thoughts on “Barbies, Pirates and Talking Cars

  1. Be careful when you play “Doctor” that you don’t end up coming away with some kind of ailment — raisins up the nose, uncooked spaghetti in the ears, peanut butter on your eyelids… 🙂

  2. You may not think you can pretend but I know you can. You would spend hours in your room most of the time either under bed or in closet playing and talking in diferent voices. When ask what you are doing you would say that I am just playing. So remember and have fun like I always see you doing when over at the house. We need more to be like children in some way and remember the only thing the children remember is that you did played with them

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