I went to work today and when my husband was picking me up, the monkey got out of the car. He wanted to go inside the building. I followed him to see where he wanted to go.
We usually go to my office late, around 8 pm in the weekends. This way, both my husband and I can work while the monkey falls asleep. We take blankets and pillows so that he can sleep on the floor. This is just easier for us. My husband can work on lessen plans, and I can catch up on my paperwork. The monkey will see videos on his iPad until he falls asleep.
Well today he wanted to go to my office. He was being silly, laughing. He started drawing on my dry erase board. Then he saw my stuffed M&M, a gift that my husband and the monkey had given me for Valentine’s about six years ago.
And he fell in love with it. He carried it with him. He didn’t want to let it go. He wanted to bring it on the drive home. And now he is swinging with it. He has never participated in imaginary play before, which is why this is remarkable for us. Seeing him laugh and carry this stuffed candy with him is so extraordinary.
Most kids start imaginary play at 2, 3, 4 years old. We may be a few years behind. But if this is the beginning stages of it, I’m very excited to see what our next phase will be.
Here’s to a great start to 2020!