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  • An Imaginary PA for Lysander

    Most children have imaginary friends.  My child has an imaginary PA.

    Or rather – we’ve imagined one for him.  Do other parents do this?  Catch their child doing something quite ordinary and craft a whole story around it, complete with a carefully-considered idiolect and a silly voice?  Please say that you do this too; I’m always a little worried that it’s just us.

    Lysander ‘speaks’ on the telephone.  I don’t know where he learnt it; we’re luddites who don’t even have a home telephone.  But hand him a rectangular-shaped object, or any object really, and he will put it to his ear and his sweet, high-pitched baby babble he says “Ela!  Ela!” complete with a bemused frown as to who could possibly be bothering him at home on a weekend.  He can continue a whole ‘conversation’ just saying ‘hello’ over and over with varying intonation.  Likewise if we happen to say ‘hello’ to him – the little hand does straight to the ear and he’s off again, chatting to a voice that nobody but him can hear.

    So we’ve given him a PA and we’ve called her Marian.  We’re trying to teach him to order a double espresso to his office but he hasn’t grasped it so far.

    Here he is, liaising with his personal assistant about his daily schedule.


    At this age they are so funny and so sweet.



    1. Jodie
      October 21, 2015 / 8:27 pm

      Oh he’s just too scrumptious!!

    2. Hayley @hayleyfromhome
      October 21, 2015 / 8:28 pm

      Totally adorable, I just love this time when they start to show little quirks that really make you smile. Both of mine call a telephone a ‘hra, hra’, which is, hello, hello to them. Also, who wouldn’t want to be PA to Lysander?! 🙂

    3. Bex @ The Mummy Adventure
      October 21, 2015 / 8:37 pm

      Oh he is such a sweetie! Can you see if Marian can order some coffee sent down here as well?

    4. Kara
      October 21, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      Love. We totally do this. How cute is he. Deacon has a bread phone, it is a wooden ciabatta that he talks to people on all the time xx

    5. My Two Mums
      October 21, 2015 / 8:48 pm

      We used to do this and it made us chuckle quite a bit. We attempt to do it now sometimes, but M’s imagination is amazing and he is constantly correcting us, so we can’t imagine things for him anymore.

    6. Donna
      October 21, 2015 / 9:14 pm

      You, and Lysander, are so cute! His very own PA, awwwww! x

    7. Caro | The Twinkles Mama
      October 21, 2015 / 10:25 pm

      Aaaah gorgeous!!! Love the fact that his PA is called Marian.

      Weirdly, Bert has always done the same with block shaped objects – but it’s not a business aquaintance on the phone – it’s always, ALWAYS nana!! Xx

    8. Carie
      October 21, 2015 / 11:48 pm

      Nope, not just you! Ours was always a conversation between Kitty and her Dolly Emily:
      “Hi Kitty how are you?”
      “I will eat you Dolly Emily, I will eat you!”
      It sounds very sinister written down but she did love chewing Dolly Emily when she was teething and she’d grab Dolly out of your hand and stuff her in her mouth – it was much sweeter than I’m making it sound I promise!

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