Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Nice Cordelia, Bad Cordelia, Sad Cordelia
Last summer, right around the time Elise was born, Cordelia started to throw occasional tantrums. Generally the tantrums revolved around not getting her way, very typical stuff for that age. Over time these episodes have begun to fade into nothingness as Cordelia is more capable of expressing her desires and accepting when things don't go her way. One thing remained...and it's kinda weird.
Cordelia developed imaginary friends, kind of. It started as a blame game. When she would misbehave she would say,"It wasn't me. I am nice Cordelia. Mean Cordelia did that, but I sent her away." Ummmmmmm. We really weren't sure what to do with that. We kind of said things like, "We like it when you are nice Cordelia," or "Everyone does the wrong thing sometimes, that doesn't make you Bad Cordelia."
I found it a little creepy, because if she found herself in timeout I could hear her talking to "Bad Cordelia" She would say things like, "You did this, they think I am bad Cordelia now" and then she'd respond to herself, "Yes, they think you're bad now. They're going to leave you in time out forever." It was like Smeagol and Gollum dialogue coming out of a beautiful little lady.
OK perhaps it is nothing like that....
Of course I would talk to her and reassure her while secretly laughing at my kooky little girl. Over time "Sad Cordelia" has joined the bunch and they're kind of like imaginary friends. So, we are just rolling with it.
Honestly I thought imaginary friends were creative and cool. Now I realize they are creative and a teensy bit creepy. I love my strange and wonderful girl!
Posted by Maria Rose at Wednesday, June 12, 2013