When my brother and I were kids, we were fascinated with the mannequins in department stores. We loved to stand next to them, and we were certain if we stood just still enough, we’d convince everyone – even our mother – that we were actually mannequins, too. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, because my daughter Annie loves mannequins.
But unlike me and my brother, she has no interest in becoming a mannequin. She would rather pretend the mannequins are real people and make up stories about them. She even started asking me to take pictures of “me and my friends,” so she could “always remember them.”
Here are a few of Annie’s “friends,” along with stories about all of them, in her own words:
Charlie and her big sister Beth 1 of 5
Says Annie, "This is Charlie and her big sister Beth. They have a family and a brother named Carl, and they have a dog I like to pet. My dog is Rigby but their dog's name is Piggy. They like to play tug of war with a sock."
Carly 2 of 5
Says Annie, "This is Carly. It's her birthday, and she's wearing a beautiful dress with pants too. We watched Beauty and the Beast together and then we played hide and seek in my backyard."
Derby and Butterfly 3 of 5
Says Annie, "They are best friends, they are mommies and they live on the other side of the Earth and they love to go to the doctor. The jumped so high they caught a star. It was really hot."
Scarlet and Dory 4 of 5
Says Annie, "This is Scarlet and Dory. That's me in front of them holding their hands. I thought I was their daughter. They gave me ice cream. We saw beautiful roses and they smelled really good."
Starla 5 of 5
Says Annie, "She's a kid, like me!! She has a beautiful dress on and a jacket. She loves me and she gives me hugs. We roll around. We love to play with rainbow colored marbles."