Little Millie now 'takes charge'. If Jay (her cousin, who lives with us and is 15) wants a toasted ham and cheese sandwich Millie jumps up and gets the ingredients from the 'fridge for grandma.
She now has a habit of knocking on my study door when I'm working inside. Today, as usual, she came to my desk, climbed up on my knee, and we had this conversation:
Millie: what are you doing tomorrow?
Going swimming with Auntie Judy.
Do you like swimming or KinderGym better?
OK what's best - swimming, KinderGym, or your trampoline in the backyard?
Ah, hah, what about swimming, KinderGym, trampolining or playing with Sarah next door?
Oh (and her face lights up) playing with Sarah!
Sarah's about 8 or 9 and is teaching Millie how to skip; they draw with chalk on the pavement or road (it stays there until the next rain) and they play a lot of hide-and-seek. We have wonderful neighbours.
Hope it's not so long before I visit here again!