But she did.
Last weekend, I got a call from the library informing me that Eliana had won a prize in the drawing for completing the 1000 books program. I called back to get more information, and the lovely librarian told me Eliana had won a $500 gift card to Barnes and Noble.
Seriously. Our not-even-two daughter won $500 to Barnes and Noble? Things like this don't happen to us, people. We sometimes win little things (I won a necklace through a blog once), but we don't win.big.things.
Anyway, they told me they were having this big party at Barnes and Noble and that Clifford the Big Red Dog would be there and they would love for her to come and pick up her gift card (I'm thinking, geez I hope I don't get mugged while carrying that sucker), and enjoy story time and meet Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Knowing our child's love of books (bibliophile to the max, people) and her almost equal love of life-size characters, I figured we better try to make it to this shindig. Unfortunately, Isaac had to work all day, so I was flying solo with a very precocious child. We got there with plenty of time to spare; they gave us her gift card right away, and she saw all the books in the kids' section right away and ran with what I can only describe as sheer joy to one of the shelves and started opening various books and 'reading' them.
After a ridiculous amount of time running back and forth through the kids' section and dodging the other families there, we settled in for storytime. She honestly didn't want to sit still until I busted out the snacks. Mama for the win.
And then...Clifford himself paid a visit. We waited in line to get our chance to meet him, and I have to say I was super proud of how well Eliana did waiting in line. Our Disney World training continues, folks. When it was her turn, she ran right up to him and hugged him and kissed him and kept saying "clif-FORD, clif-FORD, clif-FORD, hi puppy!".
Apparently, the biography section in her eyeline was more interesting than smiling for the camera. *sigh*
At any rate, we are super thankful and appreciative of both the LFPL and their 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, as well as Barnes and Noble. Eliana is looking forward to purchasing many books with her very generous gift card! Honestly, we feel she really deserves it since she loves books so much! We hope she continues to do so!!!