We’ve entered the territory of strange writing from Rio. She’s learned to read like anything. Tonight at bedtime she read aloud an entire book about the life of Harriet Tubman without missing a beat. Big book! Big ideas! Big girl. I remember when she was a tiny baby who curled in my arms like a kitten and couldn’t even listen to a story. Now she can read to me and she’s reading to me about slavery and struggle. We talked about the Underground Railroad.
Then I put her to bed.
Later, I saw this: a box of pierogies with “They are not in here. Love, Rio” written on it in red sharpie. The weird part is, the box is full of pierogies. What does it mean? Does “they” refer to something else? Were the pierogies temporarily removed from the box? Is she trying to fool us so we won’t eat them? Is this what my life is going to be like now that the child has learned to read and write?