For some reason this year, Bella decided to ask Santa for “a rocket ship with little people in it.” We have absolutely no idea when or where she decided she wanted this, or why. She’s loved trains, planes, boats – but a rocket ship wasn’t something she looked for or pretended. Ever.
It was early December she asked for one, so we thought that perhaps she’d just blurted it out in nervousness over meeting Santa, and would eventually think of something else. Yet each time we asked, she firmly replied, “A rocket ship with little people in it.”
We tried to think of shows she might have seen with one on it – someone suggested Little Einsteins but she’s never watched it. We knew Curious George was on one, but she could have cared less about that episode. I wanted to get her the right one, especially since it seemed to be the only thing she really wanted. This was the first year she understood presents, Santa – I didn’t want to spoil it even a little by getting her the wrong rocket ship.
We finally settled on one from Green Toys, I’d actually put it in a post on Babble earlier as a toy that was eco friendly (she hadn’t seen the pictures or post). It came with two little astronauts and doors that swung up and down. It was light and moveable and seriously inexpensive.
Christmas morning came and in the mound of gifts my family had waiting for Bella was the rocket ship, unwrapped from the cardboard and ready to go. I watched carefully as she opened it, holding my breath. Then…
“OH!” she said as she pulled it out of the bag, “OH! It’s my rocket ship!!”
“Look inside!” Sam urged, and she opened the doors to see two little people inside it.
“With little people in it!” She was so thrilled and we were both excited and relieved. It was ok. What we bought was what she wanted. She declared each time she was asked that the rocket ship with little people in it was the favorite Christmas toy.
Diana blogs at Diana Wrote about her life with a daughter here and three sons in heaven, life as an army wife, and her faith. You can also find her work on Liberating Working Moms, She Reads Truth, The New York Times, Still Standing Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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