Laylee’s a recovering perfectionist. She works at not needing everything to be perfect but feels a moral imperitive that some things must be.
And although she’s very imaginative, she’s also quite a realist for a 6-year-old. Imaginary play is one thing but she knows what’s real and what’s not. She’s happy to tell you if you’ve got a minute or 30.
For the longest time when you asked for her favorite color, she’d say “pink” but then she started feeling bad about all the other great colors she was leaving out so she’d just sort of rotate through them when asked. “Hmmm… My favorite color today is pink… and yellow… and orange.”
Then she got sick of the whole favorite color construct. Who really actually has a favorite color anyway and isn’t the choice sort of arbitrary and riddled with indecision? Laylee’s solved these problems by creating what she calls a Favorite Color Chart.
She picked buttons that include all of her favorite colors and rotates through it every day. “Now I don’t have to choose what my favorite color is every day. I just look at the chart. Sooo… my favorite color the first day of the chart was yellow. That means today it’s purple. See? Easy.”
Now I’ve always thought I was pretty advanced in my organizational geekishness, carrying a Franklin Planner from the time I was 16. Laylee’s gonna need a pocket PC by next year sometime.