Our little Alexa Grace spent the night with us Friday night. The picture above is at our mother/daughter tea (I spoke and she listened intently which was kind of fun.) I've come to the conclusion that storytelling is an inherent gift. I think Alexa is going to be a novelist like her Mimi! I usually sleep with her so she doesn't wake up frightened. Okay, maybe it's really for me because I get all kinds of wonderful snuggles in the night. They make the LACK of sleep well worth it! :)
We were snuggled in bed with the lights out and she demanded a story so I began to weave a yarn with her as the hero, and she teaches her best friend how to swim. And she's such an amazing swimmer (in my story) that everyone at school wants her to teach them too. At first this was a perfect story. She asked me to tell it again so I obliged two more times. About three sentences into the fourth retelling, I'm informed that I'm telling it wrong. And she proceeds to tell me how it REALLY happened. LOL Her story involved her riding her bike all by herself (she's 3) to her friend's house and swimming in THAT pool instead of hers. She got downright irate that I wasn't telling her the story that was running in her head after I got her creative juices flowing.
I'm still chuckling over it and it's four days later. I so want to nurture that creative spirit in her, but I don't really remember my own two kids having such a vivid imagination. So I'd love some advice on how to nurture this. Maybe write her stories down for her as she tells them to me? Or does art help nurture that as well? If you have any advice, I'd love for you to share it with me!