I’m having fun trying to be a stenographer, capturing the snippets of Bella playing with the figures in the nativity set. I can’t see what she’s doing. She’s on the other side of the Christmas tree. I have no idea who is supposed to be talking at any given time.
I really can’t make a coherent story out of it. I can’t at all follow what’s going on in the story in her head. But it is fascinating getting the little flashes.
“So what do you have?”
“All right you can have some myrrh. Just put it in right there.”
“I’m just getting them food. They’re hungry. Here, lambs, here’s some food.”
“Aw, the lambs are kissing and kissing each other. He hugged her… What’s the matter, Dear?”
“Good Christian men rejoice, spirit heart and voice. And glory and glory and glory.”
“Time for church. Ding-a-ling.”
“Oh little boy. Let me hold your hand.”
“They found his treasure. That’s nice.”
“I’m going up to the front. Do you want to hold my hand. I’m going to be at the back before the Mass is going to start. You’ll be in the pew with your Dadda. All right dear? Right here at the back of the Church.
We’re going to have a party afterwards. And I’m going to be baptized? Yes you are. Are you coming to Mass? Can you take the boy so he just doesn’t freak out? All right, he said, in his kind way. “
“All the other children could not believe their eyes.”
“All the holy innocent ones have to go up to the front.”
“Mary woke up and saw no people.”
“We all have to sit in different pews. We’re sitting near the door. Then the little girl saw that she could go in. I can’t go in she said to the person. I don’t have a gift. All right I’ll go get something special. I can bring this with me, she said. Now I can come in she whispered. I have to get over the roof. Now I can give you the gift. The he took the gift.”
“This will be a sign of peace. I can bring my lambs a gift, she said. My lamb wants to go to church. Can I bring her to church? Yes, said the priest.”
“The sheep scampered.”
Listening to her at play made me smile. I thought it might make someone else smile too.