Black and White Print – a part of the series, “Lessons Learned from Six-year Olds”
Baboo is a true story about “Ask and you shall receive”. My little six year old grand daughter, Shaela, innocently asked me if I had made her a blanket when she was born, when she saw me knitting a blanket for the new grand child to arrive. I said, “No.” She said very sweetly, “I wish I had one!”
I said if she really wanted one, I would knit one for her. So indeed, she promptly proceeded to draw a picture of the blanket with specific colors she wanted. Then she expressed her desire to have a dinosaur in the middle. Have you ever encouraged a small child by saying, ‘You can do it!’ Well, I certainly have and that is exactly what my little six-year-old grand daughter repeated to me when I expressed my inability to knit a dinosaur on her blanket. I said, “I don’t know if I can make a dinosaur in the middle.” She said, “You can do it!” and sure enough multiple attempts later I did embroider a dinosaur on the corner of her blanket.
Well, the blanket was knitted and given to her for her seventh birthday. The moment she saw the dinosaur, she said, “Oh Baboo!” and from that day on Baboo keeps her warm and cozy. This is the blanket that she sleeps with every night. This is the blanket that goes on trips wherever Shaela goes!