Bean-girl comes up daily with new nicknames for her little sister. They generally follow a food theme.
"Mouse" and "Wiggles" aren't foods, but see what I mean?
Bean-girl has been talking, too, of the time when she herself will grow a baby within her tummy.
When I get bigger, I will make a friend for Baby Legume! she proclaimed one day.
How will you make the friend? I asked, amused.
I'll grow it in my tummy, she answered. When I get bigger, I will grow a baby for Baby Legume to play with.
I haven't the heart, of course, to point out that Baby Legume will no longer be a baby by this time.
This week we have been reading for bedtime a story of an elephant who becomes a big brother to triplets. Do you want any more babies? I asked the Bean-girl after reading this story, with mild trepidation.
She nodded. I would like two babies, she said.
Oh, honey, I said. I don't think mommy and daddy are going to have any more babies.
Bean-girl was unperturbed. I will grow the baby, she said. I'm going to grow it for you. When I get bigger I will make a baby and give it to you.
You know what? I told her. I think I would like that very much. I think that when you get much bigger, I would like it a lot if you had babies for me.