Yesterday Emma was watching the Sesame Street episode "Max the Magician." She came into the computer room to show me her tricks, which were just as tricky as Max's. In other words, she hides the item right in front of you when she makes it disappear and then gives you a big "Voila!" with a flourish. Keep in mind, this is the kid who still thinks that if she can't see you, you can't see her. I obliged her with cheers for her "extraordinary" powers.
Then she wanted me to be the magician. So I took her book, spun around 360 degrees in my chair, and tucked it under my shirt when my back was to her. I finished my rotation with a flourish "Ta da!" Emma totally fell for it. "Where is it?" "It disappeared," I told her, "It's magic!" Meanwhile I'm sitting right in front of her with this book bulging out under my shirt. Still, she looked all around me to see where I might have laid the book. "Make it reappear." I spun my chair around, brought the book out and "Voila!"
I'm thinking of myself...Mommy, she is so awesome.
Next I had to make her dollbaby disappear. I thought this would give it away because that would be really bulky under my shirt. I did my twirl and finished. Nope. She did not see the giant bulge under my shirt. She was looking all around my chair again. I could see that the magic was starting to freak her out a little. I was getting the look like "Mommy, I had no idea..."
The baby reappeared to Emma's relief. Then she gave me her bike helmet. OK, now this will surely
give it away. I mean, I'll look eight months pregnant with that thing under my shirt. So I spun around, jammed the helmet up my shirt and did my little "Ta da!" Captain Obvious was taking the day off. She didn't see it right in front of her.
Finally, when I was doing the trick with the book again, she said "Is it under your shirt?" I lifted my shirt to show her. I wish you could have seen the look of relief on her face when she saw the book and realized how Mommy's magic worked.
I tell you, being Omniscient is already heady stuff, being magical too would make me unbearable.
Kids are so cool.