I dropped Isabelle off at preschool on Friday morning along with my mother-in-law.
“You take eye-oh-leht,” Isabelle commanded.
“Violet?” I asked.
“Yes, take her,” Isabelle clarified.
Violet is a talking purple puppy. She’s not exactly the kind of stuffed animal someone in their late 30’s wants to be caught with while they’re attending a conference for a weekend.
“How about I take Big Teddy again?” I asked.
“No, eye-oh-leht,” Isabelle said.
“But Big Teddy wants to go again.” Did I just say that? I can’t believe I’m bargaining to take a different stuffed animal, I told myself. That’s because I want something less obtrusive.
“Okay, you take Big Teddy,” Isabelle replied.
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The wifi wasn’t working well when I arrived at the Highlights Foundation on Friday. I worked for awhile, but then decided to take Big Teddy out on the adventure I knew Isabelle wanted him to have. I created a digital story for her using Storyrobe and hoped it would be received more favorably than the still picture collage I sent six weeks ago. Here’s what I sent home via e-mail:
My mother-in-law e-mailed me back to inform me that Isabelle watched the video three times. My heart soared! The fact that she watched it again (and again) made it worth the hour I spent shooting the video, writing the story, and piecing it together with Storyrobe.