|Beezus with the three babies she has to care for.|
One of the new games the girls have made up is pretending that they are sisters whose parents have died and they have to take care of the three babies. Ramona thought this up and Beezus happily played along. It was mildly upsetting to me to hear them, and Mr. Q was more upset. For the record, they didn't seem to be fazed by any sadness in the story. It was just very matter-of-fact.
I thought about why they would invent such a game. I decided that it was because they are testing out their abilities to care for themselves. This game occurred on a weekend when Ramona prepared snacks for the family, Beezus fixed herself breakfast, and they both assisted in getting the family pool bag ready. I wonder if they are feeling self-confident in their ability to care for themselves (and others) and are testing them out through pretend play.
|Ramona with the "breast milk" that she carries around for the babies.|