Philip received his last book from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in September. The program, sponsored locally by the United Way, mails a free book each month to registered children from birth to five years old. I’ll miss opening up the mail box to find a picture book in it, but I’m glad that I signed Philip up two years ago when the program came to our county.
Last March, the United Way threw a first birthday party for the Imagination Library. Unfortunately, Philip was sick and couldn’t attend. So, even though he has aged out, I still took him to our local Kroc Center to participate in the second birthday bash.
Several not-for-profit organizations had tables set up in the gymnasium. Each table featured a different activity, most of them based on a children’s book. Philip didn’t necessarily follow the instructions at each table. Instead, he took the materials and found his own ways to be creative.
He was delighted when he Curious George first appeared in the room. There were several other costumed people portraying story book characters, too. We were on the opposite of the room when they were introduced. Philip smiled when he saw George at a distance. Up close was a completely different matter. He hid behind me and gave them a wide berth.
Check out today’s slide show to see Philip doing his own thing – as far away from Curious George as possible.