So, I may have mentioned that my child occasionally watches that evil device known as a television, right? Well, his favorite show is a beautiful little cartoon called, "Jane and the Dragon". It's about a young girl, destined to be a lady-in-waiting, who has managed to earn the right to train for knighthood. Her best friend is a full-sized, fire-breathing, snarky dragon. This show is pure genius, in so many ways. But, that's not the point.
The point is that this adorable show has been the catalyst for Miles' very first bout of pretend play. He adores the show, and often gets very excited and jumps up when Dragon comes on the screen. The other day, Dragon got really frustrated with a situation, and threw his head back, exhaling a stream of flame into the air. Miles immediately threw his head back, exhaling sharply out of his lower lip.
I gasped. I must have, because he turned to look at me. "Miles?" I asked, "are you blowing fire like Dragon?" He grinned, and did it again. Since then, whenever he is frustrated with the world, he throws his head back and 'breathes fire'.
Then, on Tuesday, as Dragon flew off into the sky at the end of the episode, Miles threw his arms out to the sides, flapping them up and down like wings, and ran around the room, blowing fire. He was pretending to be Dragon.
And they tried to make me feel guilty for letting him watch TV. :)