Let me tell you something…
Julianna says this at least a dozen times a day. Her “brain is always going”, and she’s not one to keep things to herself.
We tease her for being bossy, but really, we are grateful that she is able to express herself so clearly. She knows exactly what she needs and wants. She tells us how her leg needs to be moved and where her back needs to be scratched. It is our job – and privilege – to make these things happen.
We are much more than the sum of our physical needs, though, and this is perhaps even more true for our J. Often, Let me tell you something is the beginning of a journey into Julianna’s world.
In J’s world, kisses are collected and placed into jars. She sends them out and puts “a little bit of love” in each one. She always blows a few to me as I leave for work and reminds me to keep one in my purse – for later. If I stub my toe as I’m wheeling her around in her cart, she instantly sends out more to take the sting out. Her kisses never run out, and they make everything OK.
There’s a code. It goes like this.
M: The “code” is the hearts — then what?
J: And then love, joy, happiness, nice words, no bad tricks. Good tricks. No tests. Joy. And words that have – you say “please”. And what else?
M: Tell me what the code is. Where is the code?
J: In here — J points to her chest
M: In your heart?
J; In my chest.
J: Turn that back on – it’s getting dark — the iPhone is going to sleep
M: And how do you open the code?
J: With a lock
M: With a lock, with a key. And what happens when you open it
J: The happiness goes on your shoulders
Like her kisses, the code never runs out.
“I keep ordering it,” says J.
In J’s world, princesses are real — the ones in Disneyland, anyway. She takes this point very, very seriously.
J: Let me tell mommy this too. So, all the Disney princesses are real. Seriously. I mean, I’m telling you the truth. What are you doing?
J: Why did you laugh?
S: Why did I laugh? — laughs some more
J: Why are you laughing?
S: Because the whole thing is pretty funny.
J: Yes it is. I agree.
The latest character in J’s world is the Julianna Tiger.
Like her big brother, Julianna is a Calvin and Hobbes fan. Recently, we read the strips where Calvin uses his Transmorgifier and turns into a mini tiger.
“What do you think a Julianna tiger would look like?” I asked.
“Let me tell you something,” J said. And in about fifteen seconds, she had it all laid out.
Stripes: pink and purple
Eyes: sparkling, with hearts in them
Wearing: a feather boa
Roar: only gentle ones
Is all about: LOVE. “She’s not a ferocious tiger.”
Fun Cool Fact: The J tiger can aim her tail and shoot flowers into the ground whenever she wants. She makes fields of flowers wherever she goes.
This is the Julianna tiger.
She named her tiger Rosie, and introduced her to Hobbes.
And there was a wedding
J dressed up, of course.
When you spend time with Julianna , she draws you into her beautiful world. Her world is brighter, sweeter and more joyful than ours. There’s a bit of drama and some strong opinions, but the overwhelming and overriding theme is love (sprinkled with a call to fabulousness.)
In my former life, it was important to travel and see the world. Some part of me still misses it, but for now, I am beyond content to stay here and explore our Julianna’s world. I can’t imagine anything better.