Molly: (chirping from her bedroom)
Me: (entering without knocking, singing with great exuberance) Goood morning, STARSHINE! The Earth says HELLLLLOOO! You Twinkle Above us! You twinkle below!
Molly: MAMA STAWP! No singing.
Molly: Mama, I DREAM.
Me: (sitting across from her) Tell me all about your dream.
Molly: I dream mama left baby at Continente (supermarket).
Me: You dreamed that a baby got lost at Continente (supermarket)? Got lost from their mother?
Molly: Yah! In the bathroom with hand dryer AND MAMA I was baby and you were the mama.
Me: You dreamt that you got separated from me in the bathroom of Contiente (supermarket), the one with the scary loud hand dryer?
Molly: SO SCARY LOUD!
Me: And you didn’t know where I was?!
Molly: (so super serious) That was my dream.
Me: And did you find me?
Molly: Yah, just now. I find you now when I wake up.
Me: Was it a scary dream or were you brave?
Molly: Hum, I call you. I be brave and I call you, “Mama! Mommy? MAMMAA!” And the hand dryer was SCARY LOUD and I no see you and I call you and I scared, but I no cry and I brave.
Me: Do you know what to do if you ever really in real life get lost?
Me: In forest you hug a tree, in the city you sit on a bench and in a centro comercial (mall) you go to someone at a balcão (counter), someone who works in a store and you say, “Ora, com licença (Now, excuse me) I am lost and I need help.
Molly: Eu estou perdido e precisa ajuda (I am lost and need help).
Me: Did you know I got lost at a centro comercial (mall) once when I was little like you?
Molly: (riveted) You did?!
Me: Yup and I knew what to do. I went into a store and I walked up to the woman working behind the counter and I said, “I know where my mommy is, but I don’t know how to get there. Can you help me?” And she said, “Yes, I can help you.” And then a police man came.
Molly: A police man?
Me: Yes, which made me a little afraid, but then the police man said, “Joy, I know where your mommy Kate is and I would like to take you to her.” So he picked me up and carried me to my mommy and she was crying and because she was crying I started crying, but until then I had been very brave and not scared because I knew what to do, but because of the police man and my mom crying I started to think I was in trouble, but I wasn’t. And then my mommy said, “I am crying because I am so happy.” And then I got a balloon with feet and had a nice lunch with my grammy and grandpa and your grammy and grandpa snitch and uncle Jesse…
Molly: (eyes wide) Uncle Deshi! I love Uncle Deshi!
Me: I know! So what do you do if you ever get lost from me in a dream or in real life?
Molly: Um, I go say, “I lost, but I know where my mommy is!”
Me: And you stay with them and I will find you.
Molly: (bolting into my arms) I love you so much!
Me: (soaking in the best hug ever) I love you so much. Be brave and I will always find you.