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February 12, 2007, Herald Journal

Mother Goose lives on our ceiling?

By JEN BAKKEN

I received an e-mail from Missy Larson, of Delano, with a cute Tiny Tale story this week.

Missy has four children and I’m sure, like most mothers, she has quite a few stories to tell.

Why does Mother Goose live on her ceiling? Well . . . because she has a three-year-old, that’s why!

“As the mother of four children, I let out a sigh of relief in September (along with countless other mothers) when my three oldest children went off to school. Finally, I would have the time to get the house organized and start exercising regularly. I might actually shower without holding a simultaneous conversation, and, I thought, I would spend some much needed quality time with my youngest, three-year-old daughter, Gracie.

“While Gracie certainly enjoyed having Mommy to herself, I began to realize that Gracie not only missed her older siblings, but she was fairly lost without them. I realized Mommy was a little, gasp, boring.

“I enrolled Gracie and myself in a parent/child ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) class which helped fill our collective social needs one morning a week. A play date here and there helped pass some of the empty hours until her sibling heroes returned from school each day.

“The holidays passed and the doldrums of January hit. It was quiet in the house and Gracie and I both came down with spring fever. Luckily, we now have company, new friends that ebb and flow with Gracie’s imagination.

“Our first new friend was ‘Dave.’ Dave hangs out at meal time, and Gracie ensures that he is fed the same meals that she is. When she first mentioned that Dave needed lunch, I asked where Dave was and she looked at me with frighteningly teenager-like irritation and said, ‘right there,’ while pointing to the empty space next to her.

“‘Sarah’ is a newer friend, who sits on Gracie’s lap while Gracie teaches her own ECFE class. Enrollment in this class includes Sarah, ‘Baby’ the doll, ‘Callie’ the toy dog, ‘Ernie,’ our Golden doodle, and ‘Eddie,’ our Golden Retriever. It’s a pretty quiet class, but that may be because the teacher is very bossy.

“Finally, our newest visitor is ‘Mother Goose,’ who hangs out above our kitchen chandelier. ‘Mother Goose lives on our ceiling?’ I asked Gracie.

“No, no, no. She lives ‘Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky. Get it right, Mom!’

“Our newest friends, the products of Gracie’s imagination have made her happy, confident, kept her entertained, and made me . . . smile.”

Now that you’ve read Missy’s story, write to me and let me know who lives on your ceiling . . . closet . . . or basement. What creative things have the children in your life used their imaginations for?

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher or anyone with a child in your life… there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done. Any of those endearing moments you love to share with others and people, like me, enjoy reading.

Here in Delano we are proud of our community, our schools and our children… why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

You can email your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com, fax them to 763-972-1029 or mail them to Tiny Tales, 430 Hwy 12 E. Suite 4, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328.