I don't know what you call ごっこ遊び in English.
My dictionary says it's make-believe play.

 My daughter asked me to play with her, but I was drawing for my blog.
She said it was OK and asked me to play the role of customer
when I finished.

When she finished preparing her 'bakery' with a cushion,
toy bricks and toy money, I was still drawing.

But did she wait for me silently?

 No, she began to practice selling,

"I say, 'Hello. Well come to my shop,' and I use this machine, 'pee'."
I felt uncomfortable and said, "I'll join you now."

Listening to her practicing, I came to understand how she had
wanted to play with me, and I thought I had to join her in a hurry.

My original Japanese entry.

Thanks to クラ and Jordan for correcting my English.


Before She Was Born

When my daughters and I were getting ready to go shopping,

the red spring coat which Bee was wearing reminded me
that her sister had worn it before.

I said to Bee, "Did you know this coat was your sister's?
She used to wear it when you were in my womb."

Since she didn't seem interested in it and I was a little sad.

So I asked her, "What were you thinking before you were born?"

She replied, "I was thinking of you, Mom.
I was thinking what you were like."

I laughed and said, "Me, too.
I was thinking of you, Bee.
What you were like."

My original Japanese entry.

Thanks to Peke Penguin and FarClimb for correcting my English.


Lovely Winks 続きのお話

One day, Bee called to me, "Mom, look at me."

She was pushing against her right eye and
I was a doctor, so I was worried about her.

"She doesn't have any redness around her right eye
and she seems to have no pain.
She may have dust in her eye," I thought.

Then she said, "Mom, I can wink now!
I can wink my other eye as well!"

I couldn't decide whether to laugh or
point out that was not a real wink.

Former story is there.

My original Japanese entry.

Thanks to TNewfields and Davyboy for correcting my English.


Come On, Middle School Girl!

Pon started a middle school this April.
(In Japan, new school year starts in April.)

On the day of her school entrance ceremony,
she was watching videos on YouTube
until the last ten minutes before she had to go.

Even though I repeatedly tried to tell her to try it on,
it was the second time she put on her school uniform.
So she asked me if the uniform had a pocket or not.
(Now there was five minutes left before she had to go. )

She didn't prepare to go to school and
her new shoes still had the price tag on them.
(There was three minutes left! )

When she went to the entrance, she begged me to bring a house key.
I was thinking, "What could I say to her
to make her get ready on her own?
What words could encourage her to be ready for school by herself?"

I thought something but I forgot it when I got back to her.
She looked really nice in her uniform.
I hope that she learns to have as good of behavior as her looks.

My original Japanese entry.

Thanks to ガンディー and あやちゃん for correcting my English.


I Love Sewing

Do you like to sew?

Do you know anyone who likes needle work as a hobby?
I really love it.

Recently, Bee and I went to shopping and found
some cute cotton cloth.

I bought it and began to make her a dress on the same day.

Afterwards, I continued sewing and made a bag,
a skirt and short pants.

I patched Bee's old pants and made book covers
with the small pieces of cloth left.

If you are interested in making something stuff like these,
please read my Japanese blog entries.


Thanks to 雅各, OriginalIdea, Hien and ガンディー for correcting my English.


I Want To Be Four Years Old

When Bee was three years old, she asked me with a worried look,

"Mom, why can't I be a four-year-old girl yet?"

I replied, "You will turn four years old when your birthday comes."

She continued, "If I sing a birthday song can I be older?

If you buy a birthday cake for me and Dad and
Pon and you say,'Happy birthday,
Bee!' and If I blow the candles out, can I become four years old?"

I smiled and repeated the answer.

Although she might not be in a hurry,
time feels to go to slow for everyone once in a while.

My original Japanese entry.

Thanks to Tony and ガンディー for correcting my English.


My Eco Life

I make coffee with ground coffee beans,
a dripper and a coffee server.

My dripper doesn't need filter paper because it has sieves.

Recently, I've been making more coffee than
I need and saving what I don't drink
at that time in a thermos bottle.

Now I can drink hot coffee anytime,
and save time and gas to boil the water.

"What a good idea, which is also eco-friendly!"
I thought and said boastingly to my husband.

All he said was, "That's great," in a stoic manner,
but I don't care.

He isn't good at praising me.


Our Hamster

Bee had hamsters on the iPad.
Now she wants a real one, so my husband bought one for her.

I claimed that I wouldn't be able to take care of it
because I already have a job, two girls and a dog.
Initially, Pon and my husband that they would
take care of the dog, but they don't.

I get up at 5:40 every morning and take our dog
for a walk before going to work.
Afterwards, I make breakfast, prepare Bee's clothes
and backpack and leave home.

I pretend not to have any interest in the hamster
but truthfully, I like her.
Even though no one knows whether it is male or female,
Bee insisted it was a girl and named it Hamko-chan.

When I looked at Hamko-chan, she was sleeping.
I thought it was funny that her eyes were slanted
because the entrance of her house was narrow.


Keep it a secret that I like Hamko-chan!

Thanks to Tom, ArUichigo and Hien for correcting my English.


Momentary Love

(This entry is not about love affairs or romances.)

I had flu last weekend so I was in bed.

Pon was out playing with her friends
and Bee was watching videos.

Even though I was sorry that I couldn't play with or
take care of her, she was full of love toward me.

All of a sudden, she ran to me and screamed,
"Mom, I love you!"
and I jumped up in bed.

As soon as she screamed that,
she ran back in front of TV saying,
"Oh, the program is back."

The love was only for comercial break.

My original Japanese entry.

Thanks to mishels and Hien for correcting my English.


About Tolerance

While we were watching TV, they showed a quiz program.

Bee shouted, "Oh! I know. I know the answer !"

Pon asked her, "Do you? Well, tell me the answer."

Even though she was asked, she continued to say,
"I completely know the answer now,"
and didn't reply to her sister.

As soon as they showed the answer she replied,
"It's soy beans. See? I knew it all along."

She was confident but we were afraid that
she didn't really know such difficult words because she calls all pulses 'peas'.

Pon understood tolerance was important to communicate with small children.

My original Japanese entry.



When I was making myself up in front of the mirror,
Bee also brought her toy make-up set next to me.

Then she began to use it but her method was very unique.

She smeared her dimples with pink powder,
put purple and pink powder on her eyebrows
rather than on her eye lids.

She doesn't like to put lipsticks on her lips
so instead she put it on her nails.

Generally, women make themselves up to feel good.

I thought she didn't loose the principle.

Thanks to ArUichigo and FarClimb for correcting my English.


Who's Fault?

Bee was dressing

with her mouth opened.

I said, "Bee, did you know your mouth is open?"

Even after that, she stopped dressing and just sat,

with her mouth opened.

I asked her again,
"Bee, why don't you put your pants on first?"

Then she replied

with impatience,
"It's not my fault!
The TV program is too fun!"

... What could I tell her? (´・ω・`)

My original Japanese entry.

Thanks to FarClimb for correcting my English.