I've always imagined that if my child threatened to run away, I'd have one of those Andy Griffith moments.  Or maybe I'd be like Mrs. Quimby when Ramona tries to run away.  Remember that?  She packs Romana's "running-away" bag so that it's too heavy to carry.  I guess I sort of thought I would be the classic "wise parent" where my imaginary child and I would hug and she would love me and clean the house for me.....ok, I'm getting carried away.  But last week, I experienced my first "I'm running away" moment with my real child.  I genuinely don't think that Lila or Ezra have ever considered running away.  They probably never even knew that option was on the table.  But Madelyn.  She's a whole different ball of wax for me as a parent.  
So when I sent Madelyn to her room for hitting her sister for the __nth time that day, I took a deep breath and mentally prepared for the conversation that I have at least daily with at least one of my children.  You know the one.  Something along the lines of "Madelyn, it's ok to feel mad, but it's not ok to hit.  Can you think of something else you can do instead of hitting?

Little did I know that Madelyn had taken matters into her own hands and decided something else she should do instead of hitting.  I walked into Madelyn's room to find her putting a book, a stuffed animal, and one shoe (you know, just the essentials) in her panda backpack.  

"I'm going to wun away to Flowida with Cond and Hypa," she informed me.  

Cond is Madelyn's longtime imaginary friend.  We're not sure if Cond is a boy or girl, if he/she is 3 or 33.  The details change to suit Madelyn's convenience.  But Cond is definitely in college, or so we've been told.  Hyper is a recent addition to Madelyn's imaginary friend family.  Gender and age are also unspecified.  I really don't know what a professional parent would have done, but I just laughed and gave her a hug.  And off she went to Florida (which ended up being in the playroom) and she had a grand old time.  And I saved the hitting conversation for another (sure to happen) disciplinary session.  Because one thing I do know about 3-nagers, is that they'll always be back.  :)
This dress was made not for Madelyn's Florida vacation, but mostly for my sanity because Madelyn was constantly fishing the fabric out of my stash, wrapping it around herself, and carrying it wherever she went.  I can take a hint plus it's been a while since I sewed anything for my sweet peach.  
So I grabbed the Pretty in Peplum (on of my favorites) by Sew Much Ado and extended the peplum into a circle skirt to make the perfect swirly dress.
Perfect for swishing and dancing.  
Both of which Madelyn did in abundance while I took pictures.
I figure at some point, all of my trying with Madelyn is all gonna sink in and I am genuinely excited to see what kind of person this little girl turn into someday. 


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