By Diane Ako
The three of us were in a costume jewelry store in Charleston where Olivia, like a bird, was enamored of all the shiny stuff. As she started to run her tiny hand through all the hanging beads, Claus admonished, "See that sign? It says 'Don't play with jewelry.'"
He was exaggerating the scope of the signage to hopefully keep her from touching everything. One can hope.
Without missing a beat, she corrected, "Necklaces. It says 'Don't play with necklaces.'" Then ran off to touch everything else that wasn't a necklace, so: earrings, rings, bracelets, brooches, charms, feather boas, hats, and tiaras. The store really should consider revising the sign to "jewelry."
Claus looked at me with an amused but defeated look. Yes, we've come to that point where there's one less way to trick her.