Maggie Tales

Posted by admin on May 17th, 2013 filed in General, Magdalena

Maggie narrates what she’s doing while she plays. It is fascinating to listen to.

She has a play kitchen and it has a few recycling bins, into which she throws all manner of toys for recycling. So tonight she was pretend fretting because she forgot her bins at her potato house (they were right beside us the whole time, of course). One of Maggie’s favorite games is to grow fruit and vegetable houses to live in. She constantly has to come up with new ones because she or someone else gets hungry and eats the old ones, or they buckle under their own weight, or burn down, or a variety of other catastrophic things. She could tell you the epic tale of each one. It’s tragic. Ask her some time.

Anyway, the bins had been forgotten at the potato house! She couldn’t go get them because she was comfortable at our house, but maybe her animal friends could go on this errand for her.
“Maybe I could send the badgers by,” speculated Maggie. She reconsidered. “No, they don’t have any legs.”
“No legs?” I asked, distinctly recalling badgers being equipped with legs. “How do they get around?”
“Their flippers and duck bills,” she replied.
“Are you thinking of a platypus?” I wondered.
“Oh, yes! Silly platypuses! They can’t go to the potato house to get my bins!” Maggie laughed at the very notion.
“Can the badgers go?” I asked, since I still remembered them having like four legs each.
“No, they cannot,” said Maggie ruefully. Then inspiration struck! “I will send the llamas to my potato house to get the bins!”
This sounded like a good plan to me, since llamas are pack animals and used to hauling stuff around.
“But the llamas won’t be able to help,” said a very concerned Maggie.
“Why not?” I asked.
“Because we need five llamas and I only have two.”
“Could they take a few trips to your potato house?” I suggested helpfully.
“No,” Maggie stated dramatically, “because one of my llama friends is actually … a snake!”
I showed my surprise at this development. “Can the snake help with the bins?”
“No, goofy goof, snakes don’t have any legs!” Maggie graciously tolerated my apparent lack of knowledge about snake anatomy and its implications regarding the snake’s ability to retrieve bins. “It’s a water snake.”
I nodded, sure that the bit about it being a water snake had significant meaning, and completely unsure what that meaning was.

At this point we got distracted by something else, but that’s what Maggie conversations are like. It’s pretty cool.

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