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Sticker casket

February 25th, 2013

They say kids are sponges. I guess so.

Jen gave Olivia a huge stash of stickers she found in the bowels of her shelves during a big clean up. Olivia's been going to town using them up and playing with them.


She proudly walked into the kitchen with an old plastic pencil box we had bought her. "Look, Mommy! This is my sticker casket."

"Your what?" I said in amazement.

"My sticker casket," she said. "It holds all my stickers."


"What's a casket?" I asked.

"I don't know. I just made it up," she answered.

But she does know, because a casket is a box for holding things. In modern times, the things it holds are often dead people. A casket is a rectangle; a coffin has six sides like what you see in the old Dracula movies.

Olivia sat on the side to happily play in oblivion with her sticker casket. I looked at Claus. "That's all you, Buddy, if she turns out to be the weirdest one in her class."

4 Responses to “Sticker casket”

  1. Ken Conklin:

    How interesting! It's very understandable that the word "casket" would be a normal part of Olivia's vocabulary, in view of Claus's business. But did Olivia ever before call her pencil box a pencil casket? Then why would she now call it a sticker casket? What about the couple hundred shoe caskets in Mommy's closet?

    It might be fun to engage in a little word-play with Olivia. For a few days, refer to every box as a casket in an off-handed way, as though that's its normal name; and see whether Olivia knows what you mean and whether she notices anything unusual about the choice of words. Shoe casket. Lunch casket. Kleenex casket. "Olivia, please go to the kitchen and bring Mommy the mustard from the food casket."

  2. kuunakanaka:

    aloha Diane:

    she's a thinker.

  3. M:


  4. snow:

    it's amazing what you come up with when you have no preconceived ideas! lol!

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