Zion has the biggest imagination. Really truly. And she tells stories with such conviction that many people believe them. One of her MOPS class teachers got a little miffed with me for not telling her that we’d changed Zion’s name to Claire. We hadn’t. Zion is just that convincing. And even when it is obvious she’s telling a tall tale she’s just so entertaining. I keep promising myself I’ll get her on video. For now, here’s a transcript of a story that she told in school the other day, her teacher wrote it down as she was telling it.
Once upon a time there was an apple tree in the park and it fell down and hit my head and I didn’t know it fell down on the gate. And I was so trapped. And I had to go in the tree trunk and I didn’t know there was a door there and it slammed it and locked it and I was so trapped. There was no way out! My mom and dad didn’t know and I didn’t eat any food and I fell asleep in the tree trunk and my mom and dad found me. And then I woke up and it was just a dream. The end.
And I can hear her telling it as I read it and see her gestures and her laugh. And this isn’t even one of her best stories.
Today she told me she needed help writing a list. I figured it would be a wish list but it was a chore list. She had me write things like “wash windows” and “clean the table” and when I was done writing her list she proceeded to do the chores. Love it!