Sweet Innocence


Svara opens one of her favorite books, Animalia, and asks to see the gorilla.  As I open to the gorilla page she points out the small guinea pig near the bottom of the page.  “So cute!” she says as she puts her nose to the guinea pig.  She stands up again “Come!  Come!” she pleads, holding her hands out to the guinea pig.

My heart breaks, as of course I know the guinea pig will never “come” to her.  Neither will the kitten in The Shy Little Kitten, the duck in Baby Animal Farm, or the multitude of other little characters she so dearly loves to try to summon into her world.

Is she playing or does she hope they really will come to her?

I guess I will never know


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