Day 3 of 10: June’s Birthday, and Birthday Interview

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Two years ago in Fruitvale, there was a marvellous rainbow on June’s birthday. And today, the clouds were aflame as the sun went down. James and June came rushing to the house shouting, “Mom, look at the sky! It looks like heaven!!!”

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When we were at Value Village the other day, in search of mittens for the winter, June found a ‘princess dress’ and convinced me to purchase it for her. She is thrilled with it, and insisted on wearing it today when her friends came over.

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Q: How old are you today, sweetheart?
A: Five!

Q: And what sorts of things can you do now that you’re five?
A: I think I can climb the pine tree, and start my lessons of the maple. And maybe even start reading, and start colouring pictures better! And, so, I’m really excited!
Q: What are you excited about?
A: That’s it’s my birthday. Which is today!

Q: What are we having for dinner tonight on your birthday?
A: Creamy Taco Mac!

Q: What are some things you enjoy doing?
A: Looking out the window. And drawing pictures. I might make paper dolls some time! Those are the things I like, and I like Brave Irene too! Like Brave Irene, can I go to the Duchess?
Q: Where’s the Duchess?
A: I don’t know!


We borrowed this book (Brave Irene by William Steig) from the library a year ago, and June still mentions it from time to time. So when I found it at a book sale recently, I snapped it up! June was thrilled to see it amongst her gifts today.

Q: Tell me a little bit about your sister, Alice.
A: She likes playing with my tea set, even though it’s for special days like holidays and Sundays. She likes playing Child and Mom with me!

Q: Tell me a bit about James.
A: James likes to play games with me, especially chess and Monopoly. He read Brave Irene to me this morning, and those are the things I know about him.

Q: Tell me a bit about Leo.
A: He does a little bit of crawling every day, and he loves to do army-crawling. And he loves to watch us from the window, but he does that only when we’re playing outside!

Q: What do you and I do together?
A: Snuggle together in bed at bedtime, and there’s one thing I know about you that I like – you like Brave Irene!

Q: What are some things that you and dad do together?
A: Oh! Dad reads the {Beatrix Potter} book at bedtime, and a few times does he read, The Man As Big as Your Thumb with Mustaches Seven Miles Long.

Q: What makes you happy?
A: My birthday! And so, today I’m happy!

Q: What is something scary?
A: When James pretends to be a monster in the dark! Well, I don’t know if it’s a real monster or if it’s James, and I think it’s a real monster, but then it’s just James!
James: Sometimes June runs away and screams and she’s so frightened, and then I call after her and say, “June” and then she gingerly comes back.

Q: What are you really good at?
A: Playing chess! And climbing the cherry tree. Alice is great at starting to climb the cherry tree! And I’m starting to climb the pine tree and the maple tree! And I’m starting to jump from the cherry tree! What if I was at the tippy-top of the maple tree and I jumped from there?

Q: What do you want to do for a job when you grow up?
A: A monk.
Q: Well, you have to be a boy to be a monk.
A: Okay, then, well, a nun.

Q: What is your favourite song?
A: O Jesus Thou the Beauty Art.

Q: What stories do you enjoy hearing about?
A: The Man as Big as Your Thumb with Mustaches Seven Miles Long! And The Maggie B. And Brave Irene. Those are my three best stories in the world!!!
Q: And why do you like those stories?
A: Because they’re so fun and so interesting!

Q: What is something new you’d like to try?
A: I’d like to try on that Christmas dress that you got me!

Q: What do you think about before you fall asleep?
A: Mary. Because I have that Mary picture!
Q: What do you love about God?
A: That He made all of us, and that He made the world!

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