Last week Gracie comes upstairs dressed in this lovely ensemble. I am preparing dinner when she comes up to me and asks in her most sophisticate princess-like voice "Excuse me Ma'am, is this your hotel?" A little confused I answer "Yes?" She proceeds to tell me that her name is Cheetah Princess and she would like to spend the night in our hotel. We were having some friends coming for dinner and to watch the Jazz game. Her next question to me is "When will your guests be arriving for dinner this evening?" of course, still in full character. So I play along and this continues to go on for a bit. A few minutes later she asks me where my daughter is. I say "She is playing at a friend's house, but there is a picture over there if she would like to see her." This was my favorite part. She proceeds to say "Wow, your daughter is very beautiful." I had to work rather hard to keep from busting out laughing. I'm glad to see she has self confidence. Only at age 5 is this considered cute and funny rather than arrogant.
Cheetah Princess has continued to come around quite frequent the last week. I must say that I quite enjoy when she comes to visit. Lately we have had some issues with Gracie throwing around a lot of attitude and getting super sassy. Not to mention that I question whether she is suffering from hearing loss or just choices to ignore everything I say to her. But it seems to be a much more pleasant environment when she and I are pretending to be someone other than who we really are. There is a lot less sass and a lot more willingness to be a big helper around the house and with the boys. Plus, I think I am a lot more patient when I have to be in my character. My roles do alternate between the Cheetah Queen and the Inn Keeper. I think life just must be easier when you get to escape reality if even for a moment.