The Grandpa Story
Klara’s favorite story right now is the one I call “The Recalcitrant Grandpa.” In the story, grandpa refuses to follow his daily routine and Klara helps him understand why he should. The story is endless and goes as follows:
“Then mamma said, ‘Grandpa, please put on your pink tutu.’ And Grandpa said, ‘No! I don’t want to put on my pink tutu.’ And Klara said, ‘Grandpa, you have to put on your pink tutu because we are going to the dance lesson.’ And Grandpa said, ‘OK!'”
Grandpa also refuses to take his orange paci, eat yogurt, brush teeth, play with his toy Santa, wear a green dress with horses, etc. The story doesn’t have a manipulative component because Grandpa only refuses to do things that Klara likes to do. What’s really cute is that Klara understands the humorous aspect of Grandpa in a pink tutu and screams “Funny!” whenever Grandpa does something particularly hilarious.
Another fascinating thing is that when Klara wants to hear a story, she links her little fingers to show a chain. Which means that she understands the nature of a narrative where one thing leads to another and everything is linked.