On one particularly hot summer day, Alyssa was wearing a dark blue sleeveless dress with her white blonde hair in a funny ponytail sticking off the top her head. I had finished cleaning the kitchen and knew that she was getting the toys ready for us to make a Barbie city in the living room, so I needed to have a little visit to the “ladies’ room.”
As I sat down on the toilet, I noticed that a GIANT letter “A” was peeking out from the wall behind the bathroom door. I closed the door and there on the wall, written in giant blue twelve inch high letters was the name “ALYSSA.” Never before had she ever written on anything other than paper, so I couldn’t believe my eyes!
After a moment of shock, I called for her…
“Alyssa. Can you come to the bathroom for a minute?”
I let her into the bathroom and closed the door so that the wall was fully exposed. Looking into her smiling face and fully expecting her to lie, I asked, “Did you do this?”
With a sparkle in her big brown eyes, she proudly said, “Yes Mommy!”
I was surprised by her happiness. “Well…Alyssa,” I said, “Why did you write your name on the wall?”
“I wanted to see what my name looked like reallllllly big,” she said as she spread both her arms out wide to show me just how big she wanted her name to be written.
“Do you like your name?”
I wanted to laugh. “Well, Mommy is going to buy you some reallllly big paper, okay?”
“So don’t write on the wall anymore, okay?”
“Okay, Mommy. Are you going to write your name on the wall too before you get the paper?”
“No, I will wait to write my name really big on the paper.”
Her huge uneven letters remained behind the bathroom door for quite a while, announcing to anyone in the bathroom that Alyssa liked her name and she liked it when it was written really big…especially if it was written with a blue crayon on the bathroom wall.