Elena's imagination has really bloomed this year & I love the stories she comes up with. "Just pretend" is a phrase I hear very often these days. She has a plethora of imaginary friends (due a post of their own, for sure!) & we are always "joined" by at least 2 or 3 "friends" wherever we go.
Driving in the car this past weekend, we were talking about who was "joining" us for our outing. She names a few of the usual suspects & then says, "And Gramma Lee too"
My heart skips a beat. I still miss her so much, the mention of her brings a lump to my throat. I look back at Elena in the rear view mirror & she says, "I know she's gone, Mommy. Let's just pretend she's not. Let's pretend she just went away. Let's pretend she's in S'awaii & she can come visit."
I replied, "That's a good idea, sweetie. Let's just pretend..."