Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Event Amber

We've borrowed an extra little person for three days. Amber is Hannah's dear friend who is on her first multi-night sleepover. It's a little touch and go when a four year old commits to staying two hours away from her parents. Dear Amber is gung ho and ready to go wherever adventure may lead. Her willingness, nay, eagerness to embark on this journey is a testament to the loving, confident attachment she has to her family. She's just a gem.

The girls giggled and talked as much as any pair of grown women on the drive home. They rode happily strapped to pink carseats in the very back of the van, sometimes holding hands. Nothing compares to preschool conversations. Nowhere else can you hear an interchange like this, filled with Amber's soft r's and Hannah's lisped th's:

"Hannah, there is white powder in the garden and you absolutely must not get near it. We used to get near it. But you can't now."
Hannah murmurs some acknowledgement and then responds with, "My purple socks don't fit me anymore." To which, Amber replies, "I don't really like tomatoes..."

They did finally fall into comatose slumber about 10 o'clock. When we got home we changed them into pajamas and put them to bed. Hannah awoke at 4:30 and came to ask if they could put on their princess dresses. I quickly explained that it was still the middle of the night and she needed to go back to sleep. She ran ahead as I took her back to her newly double occupied room. She flipped on the overhead lights and stripped the covers from her sleeping friend with a great flourish. There were a few tears as I firmly told her she must remain in bed and not turn on the lights until the sky was blue. Amber just curled back up as I replaced her missing bedclothes.

At 6:54, according to the blurry numbers on my alarm clock, Hannah came stomp/skipping into my room, sounding, for all the world, like a herd of tutu-clad buffalo. "The sky is blue! It's morning time! Can we put on our princess dresses now?!" The princess dresses are some newly acquired hand-me-down church/Easter dresses from a cousin.

"You need to put on your regular girl clothes because we are going to the library to watch the 'Llama Llama Red Pajama' play."

This was met with squealed delight and a rushed request for permission to pass this information along to "Ammer". Again, with the stampede-skip-pound noise. It was lucky they both had regular-girl-knit-rainbow-striped dresses. And thus we launched ourselves into day one of Event Amber.


Carissa said...

Ha!! Love it!!
And I specifically suggested to Amber that we pack that stripped dress b/c I remember that Hannah had a similar one. Glad they got to wear them!
Thanks for the update on my little girl :)

MamaHolly said...

I didn't realize you did that on purpose. I was so surprised when they seemingly siltaneously presented the striped dresses. Awesome!