Juliet loves sitting in my dad's jeep and "driving" it places. Every time he comes to visit, she HAS to go drive the jeep. The only person that is allowed to ride in the passenger's seat is my dad. If I so much as go near the vehicle she yells, "you go inside!" It's their special thing and I respect that. They love to take imaginary drives to the farm, to the zoo, and to the beach.
This week, my dad and mom were here and so was THE JEEP. As they were packing up to leave one evening, Juliet was getting her "last drive" in. I was standing outside watching her since my dad was busy toting suitcases from the house to the car. I walked up to the passenger's side window (which was rolled down) and started chatting with her.
"Hey, Juliet. Where are you going today?" I asked.
"To the beach. I'm going to see my friend Fred." she replied matter of factly.
"Oh." I said. "Who's Fred?" (I had no idea who she was talking about. We don't know any Freds.)
"He's my friend at the beach. We're going to play." she explained.
I must have looked confused because she looked at me very intently and said, "I'm Hondo!" as if that would explain it all. And she was right--it all clicked in my mind--she was referring to a great book we checked out at the library this week--Hondo & Fabian.
Hondo the dog and Fabian the cat live in the same home together. One day, Hondo goes on an adventure to the beach (to see his friend Fred, of course) and Fabian the cat stays home...to play with the baby/toddler of the home. (You can imagine that Fabian is not too keen on this idea.)
I love how the author cleverly alternates from Hondo's adventures to Fabian's and parallels their behavior and circumstances. For instance, Hondo dives in the waves while Fabian dives for the door (to escape the toddler's loving squeezes.) Hondo has fun with Fred meanwhile, Fabian has fun unrolling the toilet paper. (Juliet loves that part--she points and laughs every time.)
In the end, Hondo returns home to his beloved Fabian and they eat dinner together, side by side. They then return to their favorite places, the window sill and the floor and go to sleep for the night.
"Good night, Hondo. Good night Fabian" You turn the page and see a picture of the baby asleep in her bed and read the final words, "Good night, baby!" Which Juliet always follows with, "Good night, Juliet!" And then she looks at me and says, "Now it's time for me to go to sleep!"
Any book that makes a kid decide to get in bed on her own is magic, in my opinion.
So back to the jeep story...
After Juliet said, "I'm Hondo!" She waited a few seconds and then said, "You're Fabian. You stay home." Which is just a polite way of saying "back up off my jeep, sister."
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