A few months ago The Mister made this video of Little Tiger and The Milk Belly Princess talking about every doll or stuffed animal they've cared enough to name. I'm not sharing this because I expect you to watch the entire 22 minute extravaganza, but there are a couple of reasons why I wanted to mention it here.
First, I think it was a novel idea for a home movie that I'll appreciate even more when the girls have outgrown these dolls and stuffed animals. (Or in the cases of those scary baby dolls, when they leave in the middle of the night to go live with another family.)
The second reason I wanted to share this today is because I noticed that in the movie several of the animals have colorful tape "casts" wound around one or more of their limbs. I'm not sure if the toys are clumsy or if they fight while we sleep, but there seems to be an increasing number of injured animals around here.
The game will start suddenly. One of the girls will be looking at a book when she suddenly lifts up head, jumps up and states (a la Wonderpets) "There's an animal in trouble!"
The child who makes the declaration will then attempt to throw her voice to simulate the distress call of a small injured creature cowering in a remote corner of the house. Both girls will run upstairs or into the next room and, after some rustling emerge with their newest patient, cuddling it while crooning and stroking its fur. Legs, paws, tails, fins and backs are healed with masking tape and index cards. Usually this is all that was necessary, but some animals like Annie the Horse require a more complicated, involved treatment.
I'm not sure what happened to poor Annie, but apparently the only cure for what ailed her involved tissues being taped all over her body. Medicine was then administered by applying water to the tissues with a paint brush.
Hmm...looks like certain spots needed to be treated with colored bits of tissue paper as well. The whole procedure was performed in hushed tones and with the kind of hyper focus I hope my actual doctors give to their work.
Admittedly, this is one of the less environmentally-friendly games played here at Casa de Costello what with the tape and tissues. But the compassion the girls show for each other and their patient during this type of play is so good to watch.