Occasionally, Lizzie will show a softer side. One where she does care about those around her and not for her own agenda. Unfortunately this discovering was when Evelyn was crying but still Lizzie was caring for others.
The Moving Wall, the traveling half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, came to Eustis, Florida. I took the kids. We can’t get to Washington, D.C. and I wanted my kids to see this. Their grandfather fought in Vietnam, their other grandfather served with many names on the wall, and Lizzie and Evelyn are old enough to understand that someone sacrificed for their freedom.
At the Wall is an exhibit of the “Empty Table”, a POW/MIA memorial. Lizzie asked me to explain it and I did. I had no idea how much it would upset Evelyn. After signing a Flag Wall that travels with the Moving Wall, we left. In the car Evelyn started crying. She was upset because all she could think about was “what if someone captured Daddy?” and began crying. I tried to calm her fears but could do little since I was driving. Then Lizzie spoke up, “How about I sing you the song that makes you happy when you think about the HM?”
First I asked what the ‘HM’ was. Lizzie explained that Evelyn will have bad dreams about the Haunted Mansion at Disney and that the only thing that calms her down is this song.
Then, I needed to know the song. Lizzie began with a visual, “Evelyn, imagine your unicorn. Do you see the candy on its back? Is it your favorite kind? Where is the unicorn, what is it doing?” And then breaks into song, “Pink fuzzy unicorn dancing on a rainbow.”
The song is simple, those words over and over, yet somehow it soothes Evelyn. She was no longer crying but sitting still. The boys have picked up on it and now the entire car is singing four versions of “Pink Fuzzy Unicorn Dancing on a Rainbow.” And I am driving with a smile on my face.
I was worried about Lizzie, but now I know deep down that she really loves her sister.