Ellery was getting dressed for school. She had on a light pink shirt, light pink pants, pink socks and boots and a pink bow in her hair. We were debating about the sweater. I couldn't find the dark pink sweater that would match the dark pink boots. I found a brown sweater and then a pink and brown sweat jacket.
She had on the sweat jacket when she spied the fuzzy pink coat. "I'll wear that!" she exclaimed happily. As she discarded the inferior jacket, she muttered to it under her breath, "Goodbye, loser!"
We were at the pumpkin patch with Ellery's Girl Scout troop. We were part of a group of a dozen or so girl scouts and parents navigating the corn maze. At a corn crossroads, we paused to wait for the rest of the group to catch up. Once everyone straggled up, Ellery asked, "Now that we're all here--what are we doing here?"
Ellery and I attended a meeting about kindergarten. It was mostly information about how they have so many kindergarteners that they're adding a third class. I had prepped Ellery about how when there was someone up in front talking, we needed to listen politely. There was a question and answer time and, after the principal had asked several times if there were any more questions, Ellery raised her hand. I pulled it back down and asked her in a whisper what her question was.
"I was just going to ask if we could be done listening to her," she replied.
Ellery has had a cold and we've been trying to get her to cover her cough. She knows about covering her mouth with her hand and coughing into her elbow. The other night when Glenn got home, she told him excitedly, "I found a new place to cough so no one gets my germs! Under your desk!"
The next day, she discovered that she could spare those around her exposure to her germs by coughing into her shoe.
Ellery was going to visit Grandma Vi and said in anticipation, "Mom, you know what I like about going to Grandma's house?"
"No, what?" I replied.
Ellery's eyes looked dreamily off in the distance and her voice took on a tone of wonderment as if she were anticipating a trip to Fairyland. "She never makes me clean!" she marveled. "I always make a mess and I never have to clean it up!"
We were on our way to Bixby's faraway birthday party. Ellery was already disconsolate due to receiving four shots the previous day. After we'd been driving for almost an hour, she asked her sister woefully, "Liz? Are we in the middle of nowhere?"
Glenn was urging Ellery to get ready for bed and she was, as usual, distracted by many things on the way to the bathroom to brush her teeth. As Glenn kept directing her to the job at hand, Ellery said reproachfully, "In all my life, I have never heard someone so bossy!"
We were on the way to IKEA with Emily and Jack when Ellery said matter-of-factly to Emily, "Do you smell something awful? If you do, it's my dress. It stayed in the washer for a long time and didn't go in the dryer."
Backstory: Ellery picked out her own clothes and she picked one of her favorite short-sleeved dresses. I sniffed it and said, "Oh, this doesn't smell very good (explaining about being wet for too long), shall we put it in the wash?"
Ellery sniffed it and replied, "I think it smells wonderful!" I want to wear it!"
We were headed for Garfield Elementary where there was to be an orientation for incoming kindergarteners. Ellery was talking about what she hoped would happen. I can't remember her exact words but she was hoping she would be "teachened."
I let Ellery stay up a little later than usual because she was so full of high spirits and fun. When I said it was time for bed, she travelled the distance from the living room to her bedroom on her knees, pleading, "Mercy! Mercy! Please, mercy!"
After being led astray by mapquest, we found our way again, thanks to Glenn's GPS. When we got to an area that looked familiar, Ellery said, "Finally, we're back to normal." After a brief pause, she said, "I've always wanted to say that."
Ellery was ready for bed and sitting on her bunk in our cabin. She looked solemnly at Anne and said, "GrAnne, I need to ask you something."
"You can ask me anything," Anne answered encouragingly.
"What's two plus nine?"
Uncle Geordie had given Ellery a little gift bag that included an candy dispenser that had a fan on it. Ellery was eager to use it and she asked, "Mom, can you read the destructions?"
Greg was sitting on Gwyneth's lap and looking across the table at Grandma Jean. He noted that her cross was broken. Gwyneth didn't think it was but Greg was sure. After a moment, he said, consolingly, "Well, at least she's still a Christian."
Glenn was tucking Ellery into bed and telling her a story about when he was a boy. She loves to hear about things that happened when he was little. Tonight's story was about Dad's dog Laddie. Laddie had gotten tangled up with a skunk.
Dad: ...and then I had to give Laddie a bath in tomato juice to try and get rid of the smell.
Ellery: Oh, right. Because you didn't have water back then.
Ellery's favorite part of the movie is when the villagers storm the castle and are surprised and soundly defeated by the enchanted furniture and dishes. As the play was building to that moment and the villagers pounded on the castle door, Ellery turned to Emily and shaking her head pityingly said, "Fools."
Ellery and Mom were walking to the car from the Y with Emily and Jack. Ellery stumbled and fell and Emily carried her the rest of the way to the car. While she was snuggled in her big sister's arms, Ellery declared, "Emily, I love you more than unicorns! But I really love unicorns."
Emily was left wondering whether Ellery was emphasizing how much she loved Emily or if she was having second thoughts and wanted to assert her loyalty to unicorns.
We went to the zoo last week. We picked up Emily, Jack and Elu first. As we walked up to Emily's apartment building, I was imagining the pleasant day to come but Ellery paused briefly at the foot of the stairs, and with the air of a condemned prisoner taking that long last walk said, "Well, this is it." She squared her shoulders and walked on.
Ellery got a new train set and she spent a long time playing with it. I found one lonely train car tucked away in a box while the others all went round and round the track. I said, "What about this one?"
Ellery replied scornfully, "That's a mean one. It takes people's wifes."