Blitzen came home the other day with her little composition notebook filled with the signatures of her friends — everyone had, apparently, signed up for a part in Blitzen’s mermaid play. What mermaid play, you might ask? By the time I got home, Andrew and Blitzen were sitting at the kitchen table, assigning each child a part, creating just the right character for everyone and then rehearsing the dialogue. There was drama and intrigue and excitement but also lots of praise and words of love for the main character, Aqua (Bltizen stole this name from a teenybopper mermaid film that she has been obsessed with), who will be played by Blitzen.
Blitzen would to like perform the play at school and everyone can invite their family and friends. Blitzen named the people that she wanted to come, me and Andrew, Dasher and Dancer, Nana, our friend P, and ‘my mom, you know my real mom, S’. That last piece is interesting even though it has nothing to do with the play. I think Blitzen is having a lot of inner dialogue about moms and what it means to be a mom and the role that I play in her life right now and maybe in the future and the role of S. She is reluctant to talk about it but I can see the wheels turning as she attempts to fit everyone in this not-so-conventional situation into their ‘proper’ place.