Before going into details about our incredible trip down east,* I need to try to capture the imagination and weird creativity of our Ailsa.
|Cute is as cute does. |
This photo, taken yesterday, shows Ailsa dressed in her finery (clip-on earrings, I swear!) for a birthday party.
Ailsa comes across as a normal little girl. True, she seems to be higher energy than anyone else on the planet, and her dulcet tones can pierce your eardrums a mile away if she's happy, excited, upset, or, well, awake. She bounces more than she stands still, and runs/leaps/jumps more than she walks. She climbs and swings and... hmmm... maybe a trip to a doctor for some sedation might be in order.
Where was I?
Oh yes. She's also funny. SUPER funny.
Example: we were staying in the gorgeously-finished basement of Aaron and Cathy last week, and while the rest of us were still getting ready to head out for the day, Miss Ailsa made a friend. She found a small collection of stuffed animals and some play food, and suddenly, she was having a tea party with a stuffed snake (as one does).
This seemed sort of odd to me, but the snake in question was a little bit fuzzy and apparently housebroken. Being a cobra, it had the traditional U-shaped design on the back of its head, and Ailsa promptly christened it "U-U".
It was a very nice snake, well, usually it was a pretty nice snake, but one time, when it was just a baby, it bit her on the hand!
"Oh my goodness!" I exclaimed. "Were you ok?"
"Yes," Ailsa said. "She was just a baby, and I had told her not to eat all the treats. But she did, so I gave her a spanking on the bum,** and then she bit me."
"She promised not to do it again, though, and she hasn't. I love her."
Other interesting tidbits that were revealed about this snake: she only likes people and kitties. At one time or another, every other animal has been mean to her. When I questioned how they were mean, I was told that sometimes they didn't want to play with her, and some of them made loud noises, and she didn't like that. Also, sometimes she bites her tongue. I swear, Ailsa learned more about that snake in 10 minutes than she knows about me, and told us all.
If only there were a way to harness that energy and imagination into such activities as "sitting still" or "speaking with an inside voice".
* Possible future post. You probably shouldn't hold your breath.
** See? This blog is educational. I bet you didn't even know that snakes had bums!