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Toy Story

GZ in the background, playing with Naomi’s slinky:  “Slinky, slinky, slinky!”

Me:  “It’s nice to see you playing with the slinky so nicely!” (realization dawns on me that it’s not his)

Yeah, I took it cuz Naomi wasn’t using it!

Hmm.  How would you feel if Naomi came in and took Skelly [his squishy skeleton] because you weren’t using him?

Sad!

Why?

Because he’s MY toy!

Well, maybe Naomi would feel sad because you took the slinky and the slinky is her friend?

The slinky is not a friend!

Well, what about your squishy ball?  It’s not a friend with eyes, but how would you feel if she took it?

Sad.

Why?

Because it’s MINE!

(pause)

I’m going to go ask Naomi if I can use her slinky.

(sets down the slinky… talking in the bedroom, GZ rushes back)

Me:  “Well?  What did she say?”

GZ:  “I’m not going to tell you.”

(Naomi rushes in to rescue her slinky.)

Me:  “Naomi, the truth is, you were not using the slinky and he asked you nicely… so I want you to think about whether you really want it back right now or if maybe he can use it for a few minutes.”

Naomi:  “How about in 10 minutes?”

GZ:  “Sure!  Then I can play with it for a long time!”

“Slinky, slinky, slinky… it’s jumping on my boots!”

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