There was someone new in the playroom today. It was not, as you might guess from the title, a new baby. Nor was it a new doll. The newest family member is, in fact, a horse. Dorcas, Leisel, Jane and Fancy Nancy finally got their wish. For months they've been longing for a horse of their very own. Today, that wish came true.
I caught up with Dorcas a few hours after the exciting occasion:
D: Sure! I mean, I'll try. I'm so excited right now I don't know if my thoughts will make much sense!
M: When exactly did you get your new pet?
D: Just 2 hours ago. Girl Mom picked it up from the thrift store for us. Liesel's Girl told her all about it.
M: By Girl Mom you mean...
D: You know, our Girls' Mom? I think Tess calls her Mama?
M: Right...gotcha. So, uh, how long have you girls wanted a horse?
D: For as long as I can remember! I've told my Girl all about it, but I had just about given up hope. She didn't seem to be taking the hint. Then, out of the blue, our horse was here this morning! I just hope we get some time with her all by ourselves.
M: What do you mean?
D: Leisel's Girl is really attached to her! We finally got some time with our horse all by ourselves when the Girls had to go to bed.
M: I see. I guess you guys will just have to share! So, what have you decided to call her?
D: Actually, her name is Nitter-Penny.
M: Uh, Nitter...Penny? That's...well...quite...creative...
D: Let me explain. Before they had to go to bed, my Girl and Leisel's Girl were trying to decide what to name the horse.
M: What about Jane's Girl?
D: She's too little, and they kinda left her out of the conversation, I think. Anyway, my Girl wanted to name the horse Nitter-Pitter because she'd just checked that book out at her school library today. But Leisel's Girl wanted to name her Penny after Felicity's horse...you know, from the American Girl books?
M: Right. So, how did she end up being called Nitter-Penny?
D: Don't you see? It's a compromise! Nitter from my Girl and Penny from Leisel's Girl. It was Liesel's idea. That sister of mine can be smart, even if she drives me crazy sometimes!
M: Well, I bet you have the only horse named Nitter-Penny in the world! Is she going to have a nickname?
D: We haven't come up with one yet, but she probably will. Nitter-Penny is quite a mouthful. We'll just have to figure out a nickname that incorporates both names. We try to be peacemakers as much as possible.
M: Good luck with that!
I stayed for a while and watched the girls play with "Nitter-Penny". Their faces held unspeakable joy as they pet her, rode her, and fed her carrots. I think she's going to feel right at home! For "Breaking News with Maggie", this is Maggie Wilson. Until next time, may you always run with unicorns and sing with hobbits. :)
P.S. Dorcas and I look so alike it's uncanny! I wonder if we're long lost cousins or something...
Sweet Sisters: Dorcas and Leisel go for a ride.
(Wow, I think it's about time for Mama to work on Leisel's hair again!)
Jane and Fancy Nancy take a turn!