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Sometimes I just want to be me

March 26, 2009 - Pam Anthony
I think I understand how people get multiple personalities.

In the last 24 hours I have been: Bert, Ernie, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, Thomas the Tank Engine, James the Red Engine, Stanley the newest engine … just to name a few.

Zach has quite the vivid imagination. He enjoys pretending I am all of these different characters. When I am these other people, I usually have to ask him all these questions. His name, his age, where he goes to school, his favorite foods … and so on.

Then he will ask me similar questions that I have to answer as that character. For example when I am Bert, he will ask me who is my favorite pigeon or what type of oatmeal I like.

This happens all the time, too. When we are in the car, when he’s getting his bath or even when I’m putting him to bed at night. I will admit, sometimes I will get sidetracked and forget what character I am supposed to be and will answer one of his questions with “my” answer. He will tell me, “No, Mommy, that’s not right.”

Then, to make it worse, he now has puppets. He has Bert, Ernie, Grover, Elmo and Cookie Monster. So I spend a huge majority of the day playing with those puppets. The interesting thing, however, is that he won’t be the puppets unless he is playing with other children. When it is just he and I, I have to be the puppets and he talks to them.

I have also put Sesame Street songs on his iPod, so when the “Rubber Duckie” song comes on Ernie puppet has to sing and dance then Zach will talk to Ernie … and the same for the other characters.

So, if you should see me at Wal-Mart and shout my name, do not be offended if I don’t answer … call out Grover and I will probably turn and look.


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