I gave Ali a new notebook the other day. In five-year-old girl terms, this is roughly equivalent to gifting her with a mansion on a private island in the Caribbean with an on-site Frozen Yogurt bar and all of the Disney Princesses as attendants.
Okay – maybe not that great. But very, very close.
She immediately set off to fill it with useful information.
I didn’t see the notebook again until it was completed two and a half days later. She proudly showed me her work – a comprehensive reference guide to all of the shapes in the entire world.
She covered the basics first.
(Yes, Helmet Hair is a basic shape.)
Then she moved on to the shapes of technology.
Technology and candy are of equal importance in a child’s life, so she covered that subject next.
And then – these. Thank goodness for the explanation.
Some shapes showed her father’s influence in her life,
And others her brother’s.
One shape gave a hint to the fact that perhaps there is a daring free spirit buried somewhere beneath her intensely careful, OCD façade.
There was also an all-important informational intermission.
A few more important shapes were notated,
And then there was this page.
And now all I can picture is an episode of Dora the Explorer where she wakes up with four detached lamb’s feet in her bed.