The kids on the movie screen were being asked: “What animals are your family members like?” I asked Mookie what animal I was and she instantly answered, “You’re a giraffe.”
“I’ve always thought of you as a giraffe,” she said. I have to say this was a surprise. I do not think of myself as remotely giraffelike.
“But in what way am I like a giraffe?”
She said, “Tall, thin…
I like the pause and the addition of -ish. I’m also not tall except in comparison to Mookie and Joy, but that’s enough to establish me as “the tall one.”
“You’re smart. You have freckles.
You had chicken pox twice.”
(This is true, and has clearly made quite an impression on Mookie.)
“Which makes you kind of have spots. And you’re almost a vegetarian.”
I’m moved to realize that since she was two, my daughter has thought of me as a mother giraffe. It’s sweet.