It is Bambi’s bed time. I switch off the lights and start singing a lullaby. After few minutes I notice Bambi is still wide awake staring at the glow stickers on the ceiling:
Me: Come on close your eyes now. Birds have all gone to bed and so must we.
Bambi: But I cannot sleep today.
Me: Why not?
Bambi: My brain is not switched off yet.
Me: * thinking whoa!* What do you mean?
Bambi: I meeean my brain is still switched on.
Me: * still thinking what that means?*. OK, shall I switch it off then?
I press Bambi’s forehead with my index finger pretending to turn a switch off.
Me: There you go, I have just turned the brain switch off for the night.
Bambi: But brain cannot be switched off like that. My brain is still on.
Me: * Thinking even harder what all this means*. Why not? What is your brain doing now?
Bambi: It is thinking of all that I did today. I played with Isha, Natalie, Gemma and Lucy today. Lucy is not Ella’s friend anymore. Can she come to our house one day? Can we have double play date? Can Isha come too?
Me: * interrupting the yack* OK ok… I get it now. Don’t talk. Just close your eyes tight.
Bambi: You ruined the switch now. My brain is not thinking anymore.
Me: Raa Ree Raa Rum O RaaRee Rum….Raa Ree Raa Rum O RaareeRum…..
Soon Bambi was fast asleep. Agree with you my child, highlights of the day come to our mind before we drift off. Sorry to have interrupted but you sure needed to sleep by then.
As I hand out Bambi’s homework sheet to her which has three words: Kitten, Cup, Pan and the respective pictures. Task is to write the word corresponding to the picture in the blank space next to the picture.
Me:Here you go, write neatly ok?
Bambi:Ok, I am very good at writing neatly!
After few minutes I see Bambi has written the words cup and pan appropriately next to the corresponding pictures but next to the kitten’ picture she has written cup.
Me: Can we read aloud what you have written?
Bambi (pointing to the pictures): Cup, Pan and …. (a brief pause as she looks at the word cup next to kitten)
Me: uh..oh, What happened there?
Bambi:That’s a Cup. A cup for the kitten to drink milk!