I had an interesting conversation with my daughter several days ago. Like most young children, she loves candy. Because candy is not good for teeth, I only allow her to eat two candies at a time. Also, to prevent her from taking the candies, the candy jar filled with a lot of candies is placed on a shelf in the kitchen.
Whenever my daughter wants to have some candies, she asks me to hand her over the candy jar from the shelf. I always tell her to pick up one candy although I know that she will take two pieces because one is never enough for her. It is a generous compromise from my side. Before she picks up two candies from the jar, she always asks me not to look at her with a cute smile. It is because she wants to take two pieces and does not want me to catch her small misdemeanor. Then, I turn around and pretend that I have not seen her taking two pieces.
A few days ago, she asked me to hand her over the jar on the shelf as usual, and I did. I turned around as per her request while she picked up two pieces (I assumed). When I looked at her again in a minute, I was surprised to see that the jar was empty. All the candies were gone. I asked her where all the candies were, and her answer was cute and funny. She said, ‘Mouse took it’ with an innocent smile.
I found her answer interesting and decided to keep asking a series of questions to hear her thoughts. For all the questions, she answered without any hesitation. Let me share our conversation.
I: Where are the candies? Who took the candies?
My daughter: Mouse took it.
I: Where did the mouse take the candies?
My daughter: To their house. They carried the candies on their backs. Like this. (she bent her back forward a bit and pointed her back with her left hand). They came to our house to pick up the candies. They gave some of the candies to a mommy kangaroo, to a turtle, and to a rabbit.
I: How many mice came?
My daughter: There were fifteen mice. They carried the candies to their house.
I: Where is their house?
My daughter: (while pointing the empty space in front of her with her index finger as if there were an invisible map on the air) their house is here. Our house is here. They go this way, they turn around here, then, cross the street. They did not raise their hands while crossing the street. They jumped like this when they walked (she showed a jumping motion).
I smiled and laughed. I did not want to forget what she mentioned in details with a lot of body language, so I have written down what she said. It is another cute imagination of a child. This episode shows another imaginative story of my daughter like the episode I have introduced before. I do not consider what she said as a lie. I am happy with her imagination. According to her imagination, my house is like a zoo filled with all kinds of animals, and I probably need a bigger house. She reminds me of Anne of Green Gables. I hope she grows up with full imagination. At least, she is aware that it is important to raise her hand while crossing the street. Also, I will keep reminding her that eating too many candies is never good for her. By the way, I found the candies she hid under a blanket a couple of hours later.