Last week, I set Calliope up at her little table in the living room with some playdoh, and was luxuriating in a cup of tea and catching up on the SMC Forum in solitude.
Suddenly, Calliope comes running into the kitchen and announces breathlessly, "I need a cup!"
I handed her a plastic cup from her kitchen stash, and followed her to the living room where she determinedly filled the cup with blue playdoh.
It wasn't much of a plan, but she had one. And it occurred to me that this was the first time that I've seen her truly have a plan like this and express it to me. Of course she's set up little things with her doll and putting it in the carrier or needing a blanket to wrap it in... but something about this felt different. She was imagining an outcome that I couldn't see, and acted on it.