If you see a twinkle in my eye, it must be a reflection of my great granddaughter, Lillianna Jeannette Christian. She is only four, but she's a delight. She is computer savvy. She asks to play the games on my phone, and when I let her (of course) she asked me to help her because she was stuck. When I looked, she had begun downloading games to the phone all on her own. Only this time it was stuck because the program was asking for my credit card number! "No, Lilly, we only get the games that are free."
We were playing a kid's game on the computer which required the player to duplicate the ordered cake for the bakery. When the cake is mismatched, the chief baker comes out to bawl out the player. Since Lilly does not yet read, I have to read it for her. He says something like, "That cake was not what the customer ordered! You have to match the picture." Yadda yadda. This time I decided to entertain her by reading these lines in character. My voice was loud and gruff. Lilly reached over her shoulder and patted my face. "Calm down, Papa, calm down."
She enjoys helping her Papa water the plants in the back yard. I fill a watering can with water and she pours it on the most remarkable places. (You don't think I would trust her to hold a spouting hose, do you?) In spite of my efforts she usually gets a little wet during this activity.
Now her fifth birthday is approaching, and watch out world! Her mother asked her what she wanted for her birthday, and she responded, "A dirt bike." Please tell me where a little tyke comes up with an idea like that. "No, Lilly, you're not getting a a dirt bike for your birthday." "What else do you want?" "A boat." Do you get the idea some meddling adult has been whispering in her ear? "No, Lilly, you're not getting a boat. Now think about it. What would you really like for your birthday?" Her mother reported to me that she was stopped at a red light so she could see in the rear view mirror her eyes peering up and a very thoughtful look configuring her little face. "A driver." she said. A what!? "A driver." What would you do with a driver? Where do you want to go? "A driver could take me to see you at work." I didn't know the concept of a driver was even in the vocabulary of a four year old. I conjured up a distorted image of "Driving Miss Daisy". She's either been watching the wrong shows on TV or some mischievous adult has been playing games with her head.