Seeing stars

24 Nov

Last night, our babysitter told me that Halia had been asking for something at bedtime, but she couldn’t figure out what the child wanted.  Since Halia had her cuddly blankie, her special pillow, and her music playing, I couldn’t think of an answer, either.

But I figured it out tonight.

Last week one of us put Halia down for a nap without a diaper.  Well, the chances for in-crib precipitation at this point are about 50-50, and by the end of naptime, the sheets and blankets needed to be washed.  I remade Halia’s bed right at bedtime.  Since I don’t use fabric softener sheets, the crocheted blanket and fleece blankies were as full as static as they could possibly be.

I shook the blankets out as well as I could, but after the lights were off and I was tucking Halia in, there was still a lot of static left.  Have you ever tried making static electricity in the dark?  You see sparks!  There were so many flying electrons in Halia’s blankets, it made for quite a light show.  I didn’t want her to be upset by the stickiness of the static-filled blankets, so I said, “Look!  There are stars in your blankets!”

Well, every night since then she’s been asking for stars.  She’s only recently stopped calling them “winkles” and started saying “DAW!”  (Exclamation point absolutely mandatory.)  By the third or fourth night, of course, there were no sparks left, even when I rubbed the blankets together to try to make some.

“Sorry, Halia,” I told her.  “All the stars fell out.”  But that doesn’t keep her from asking me for them.  And asking Jennifer for them, too.

I guess I should wash her blankets again.

11 Responses to “Seeing stars”

  1. Opa November 24, 2010 at 1:04 am #

    Wouldn’t it be nice if for the rest of our lives we could get excited about the little everyday miracles around ourselves? To us grown-ups, static discharge is something we don’t even notice anymore, unless we feel a twitch of irritation at getting zapped when grabbing hold of a conducting grounded object after walking on a dry carpet. To Halia those “stars” are an exciting new life experience. I remember the excitement as a kid of making Christmas decorations with sparkling shiny gold and silver crafts paper and then walking home and seeing snow flakes on the ground beneath the street lanterns sparkling like so many silver-coloured fire flies. Sometimes, on rare occasions, a sparkling candy wrapper might bring back some of those sentiments, but mostly it seems that we have been totally dulled by routine. Halia reminds us that the miracles are still there around us all the time – we just overlook them most of the time.

  2. Ainsley November 24, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Oh, that is too cute!

  3. Scientific Chick November 24, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    I love how quickly something becomes a habit.
    Very sweet story!

  4. Barbara November 24, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    She’s a star! Those little parent-child conversations contribute so much to language development. I’m always surprised when I observe parents not talking with their children.

  5. Sharl November 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    Halia is too cute!!! I would like some stars in my blankets too!!

  6. Sarah November 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    I still love doing that! Silk jammies plus wool comforter equals star explosions in my bed!

  7. Captain Momma November 24, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    That is so cute! Melt your heart moments! Wanting the stars in her blankets again, awww!

  8. Bubblybunny November 25, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    Hahah! Too cute!!!

  9. Laural Out Loud November 26, 2010 at 4:03 am #

    I can’t stand static! But I never thought about how fun it’d be for the kids, lol. The next time I find static in our blankets, I’ll grab the kids and turn out the lights. And how adorable is it to call stars winkles?!

  10. Adventures In Babywearing December 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    I’ve had this “starred” in my google reader to come back to comment- so glad you shared it today. So precious.



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