Bedtime prayers with Kyla have become a very special experience. She has now decided that she is going to pray to Jesus herself – this is normally how it goes:
Parent Responsible For Putting Her To Sleep: “Kyla are you ready to pray now?”
Kyla (while launching herself into a lying position on her pillow): “Oh… Ja!”
Parent: “Who are we praying to?”
Kyla “Goh” (God)
Parent: “What are we going to pray about?”
Kyla (said with closed eyes): “godikadigodikadag uhhhhhmm golidamaga uhhhhhmm gaaadikadilooo.”
Parent: “Who do you want to pray for?”
Kyla (all of these words end on the highest pitch): “Nanaaa…. Uhhhmm… Unc!… Uhhhhmm….. Meow… (This is her name for Cat – cos that’s the sound that cats make but not Cat as in Catherine ha ha.)… … … Uhhhhmmm…
Parent: And Gampie? (She can’t say Gampie)
Kyla: “Oh Ja! (with a little giggle). Ga…. Papa… Ma… Uhhhhm….
Parent: “Aunty Romy?”
Kyla: “Oh… Ja!”
Parent: “Aunty Mia?”
Kyla: “Oh, ja! Beh (Her newly found nickname for Uncle Ben)
Parent: “Anyone else?”
Kyla: “Uhhhhhhmmmm…. RowRow! (Riya), Me (Kyla)… Uhhhhm… Mama! Dadda!”
Parent: “Ok, can I pray for them now?”
Kyla: “No, me! godikadigodikadag golidamaga gaaadikadilooo godikadigodikadag golidamaga gaaadikadilooo godikadigodikadag golidamaga gaaadikadilooo godikadigodikadag golidamaga gaaadikadilooo. Jump!”
Parent: “Must they jump?!”
Parent: “Must they jump for joy?!”
Kyla: (giggle) “Oh Ja!”
Parent and Kyla: “Ame (Amen).
I can’t even express how my heart swells in happiness when I hear her praying, it feels like it’s about to burst. It’s so preciously gorgeous that I just can’t help but grin the whole time!