This is my second story to elaborate more about my two year old daughter's experiences. It's more of a continuation of the first. For more of a detailed background, please read my first story. In short, my daughter's father passed away before she was born. His name was Chris. The sub-title for this one is Spider-Baby. You'll see why.
My daughter Novalee and I were at my sister's house this past February. My sister has five children all together. Her three girls are ages 16, 14 and 9. She also has 5 year old twin boys. All of the kids were at school that day and my sister's husband was out doing whatever so it was just my sister, Novalee and I. While we were there, Novalee started carrying around one of the twins' notebooks they had. She was completely obsessed with the notebook. On the cover was a cartoon picture of Spider-Man. That's all she pretty much played with while we were there. When she first started playing with it, she came running up to me and said "Look mommy! Diss is Pidah-Man!" I was a little surprised to hear her say that because in our house, Spider-Man did not exist. She loves The Wiggles and doesn't really watch TV (other than Wiggles DVDs) so I was kind of amused at how smart she was to just say out of the blue, Spider-Man. My sister and I were in her dining room visiting the whole time so I know that my sister is not the one who told her that was a picture of Spider-Man. I didn't put much more thought into it. I eventually pried the notebook out of Novalee's hands and we went home.
A few days later, Novalee and I were at Wal-Mart with my mother. It was my 27th birthday so my mom was asking me what I wanted for a birthday gift. I really didn't want anything for myself so I told her that it would be nice to get Novalee some coloring supplies since she loves to color. While we were in the stationary aisle, Novalee spotted a Spider-Man poster on that poster thingy that you flip through that has a bunch of different posters on it. (Sorry, I don't know what it is called. Haha) Well, she HAD to have the Spider-Man poster. My mom, being the good grammy that she is, ended up also buying Novalee a Spider-Man track suit, a Spider-Man DVD and pretty much anything else she saw that day that had Spider-Man on it. That was just the start of my daughter's Spider-Man obsession. She has a dress up Spider-Man suit that for the first few weeks, she wore constantly. She even slept in it. I mean, Spider-Man 24/7 in my house all of the sudden.
My mother in law lives in Florida but we keep in touch, mostly via texting. We play phone tag a lot so we end up just catching up during texts a lot of the time. Well, shortly after the Spider-Man phenomenon began, I get a text from my mother in law. It was her usual "How is everything?" text. So I tell her that Novalee for reasons unknown to me has discovered Spider-Man and is so obsessed with him that she eats, breathes, and sleeps Spider-Man. I told her how I started calling Novalee Spider-Baby and how she even had to get a purple and pink betta fish and name it Pidah-Man Dah Fish. I ended the text with "Isn't that funny!? I don't even know where it came from!" A few minutes later, she texts me back and says "Really? Chris loved Spider-Man! He had Spider-Man everything. He carried his Spider-Man action figure EVERYWHERE with him. He was even Spider-Man for Halloween one year. That is so cute! He would have loved to have played Spider-Man with Novalee." To that, I instantly replied "I think he already does."
The reason for posting this story was more of a question about coincidences. Is it just a really big coincidence that Novalee likes Spider-Man just as much as her dad did when he was a little boy?
I had no prior knowledge about Chris liking Spider-Man before I got the text from his mother that day.