I Love Lamp

First and foremost, congrats to Olivia and Josh…this post’s for you!

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, starring Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy and Steve Carell as Brick Tamland contains the following conversation:

Brick Tamland: I love… carpet.
[pause]
Brick Tamland: I love… desk.
Ron Burgundy: Brick, are you just looking at things in the office and saying that you love them?
Brick Tamland: I love lamp.
Ron Burgundy: Do you really love the lamp, or are you just saying it because you saw it?
Brick Tamland: I love lamp. I love lamp.

Hee!  Hee!  What a great movie.  And I have not been able to stop playing that scene in my head for the last three weeks.  Three weeks ago, Christmas morning, a lamp, a very special lamp entered our lives and has played a very important role since.

Christmas morning the girls walked downstairs to this:

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Santa had brought the girls a gigantic dollhouse.

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Both girls immediately fell in love with it, but Ellie instantly gravitated toward a lamp.  The lamp mentioned above.  Here you can see her holding it before the dollhouse is entirely unwrapped:

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For whatever reason, Ellie loves that lamp and literally, and I seriously mean literally, holds it every moment she can.  See:

While opening presents.

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While eating.

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On her birthday:

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At her birthday party:

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While preparing for immunizations:

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While playing:

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She’ll occasionally walk around with it in her mouth.

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She’ll even play with two lamps.

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This lamp has been everywhere with us for the past three weeks.  It’s been to the ER, to countless stores, to classes, to swimming, to babysitters’ houses, to every restaurant we’ve been in.  Everywhere.  It surprises me how few (as in no one) says anything about the kid holding the lamp.  It is very bright and noticeable, yet most people will comment on her cuteness, but ignore the lamp.  In fact, I find myself explaining it after awhile, somehow justifying the fact that I know my kid is a little strange for wanting to take a lamp everywhere.

There are unpleasant issues that arrive due to this lamp.  She hates not holding the lamp and throws an absolute fit when we take it away for a messy meal or for nap.  And sometimes those fits are not worth the battle, so she’s been allowed to sleep with it on occasion.  I only make her wear one mitten so she can still hold the lamp with the bare hand.  This lamp means the world to Ellie.

I love….I love LAMP!

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