We celebrated Guenevere's third birthday this evening at a nearby Hunanese restaurant called 一湖春. She was about to blow out her candle when Fanfan stopped her and told her she should make a wish first. She clapped her hands together as if in prayer, and just after I snapped this photo, said quite seriously, "我想要巧克力" (I want chocolate). Her wish came true mere seconds later.
She can't be blamed for conflating "birthday" with "birthday cake." As we were packing up to go home, she gestured toward the leftover cake, sitting on the table in its box, and said "我的生日呢？别忘了拿我的生日!" (roughly, "What about my birthday? Don't forget my birthday!")
I sang her to sleep a little over an hour ago with "Hush Little Baby." She's constantly stopping me now during the song to ask "looking glass 是什么?." I'm able to answer most of her "What's a so-and-so" questions pretty easily in that song, except for "jumping jack." Daddy, what's a jumping jack? "It's a toy that kids played with a long time ago. They're made of metal, and daddy doesn't remember how they were used, but it was a game where you bounce a little ball and you grab these little metal jumping jacks, and you never want to step on one barefoot." Those little things were like caltraps used in medieval warfare to take out horses, and it's astonishing to me that anyone ever let kids play with them.
How did one play with jacks, anyway? I really don't know. Or tiddly-winks, for that matter. Don't know how that was played either, except that it involved little swallowable discs of plastic.