Molly with her Uncle Deshi (Jesse) and I. Photo by Grace

Molly running to catch up to her Uncle Deshi (Jesse) with me in the background gamboling. Photo by Grace


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.

Me: (defeated)

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?


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?

Molly: No.

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: Exactly.

Molly: Wow.

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.