Lillian's Delight

Lillian wrote the word “delight” on the brown paper cover that kept her numbers book clean for the year and simultaneously gave her ample doodling room.

Delight.

Lillian wasn’t sure what the word meant. She heard her mother use it earlier that morning and it bounced around inside her head since.

Delight. Delight.

She wanted to figure out what it meant by herself before she asked.
Well…it says “light” right in there. Maybe it is a special kind of lamp. It sounds so pretty that maybe it’s a kind of magical lamp.
It wasn’t a lamp that granted wishes because that was called a “Genie Lamp” which was something she knew about. But if it was a lamp it certainly was special. Maybe it turned on and off by itself? A neat prospect, but certainly not deserving of such a fun word as “delight”.

Delight. Delight.

Numbers class was done and they were getting ready for story time. It was a story about names. Short names called “nicknames” and long names called “sir names”. Lillian felt bad for the Nick in her class because he didn’t get a “nick name”. Or did he? Was a nickname to everyone else a “Jim name” or a “Ryan name” to Nick? Nick wore red cowboy boots with designs on them. They were fun and different.

Deeeeelight. Deeeeelieeeet.

Mommy was on the phone and smiled when she said it. So it might be a light that makes you happy and warm when you’re around it, like a fuzzy blanket but without the blanket. It could be a fuzzy light.

DELIGHT. DELIght.

What the…? Deli is in there too.

Deli Deli

Is “delight” the light in the deli under the glass? Lillian didn’t think so because she saw that light all the time and although she often smiled near the delight it wasn’t because of the delight. It was because of the doughnuts that the delight was lighting for her to see. And it was never fuzzy. Neither were the doughnuts. That would be gross.

DelightDelight.

Well…mommy was talking to aunt Leen about Lillian when the mysterious happy word came up.
Maybe delight has something to do with me!
Lillian puzzled about this for a bit. In all of her years of experience she had never been called “Delight” but she hoped that this was her new nickname. It sounds happy. And she already decided that it was a fuzzy light, and bunnies and puppies are fuzzy, which were things that she liked.

Delightalightalightalight.

“Does anyone in the class have a nickname? Something their parents or friends call them?”
Nick with the cowboy boots raised his hand, obviously. He said proudly that he did have a nickname and that everyone, not just his parents or friends called him that.
The teacher smiled and asked if anyone else had a nickname. Lillian raised her hand and said, “My mommy calls me Delight, which is a warm fuzzy light like a blanket without the blanket.”

Lillian's Delight

Fionnegan

Woodland Hills, United States

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Lillian is attempting to define a word she heard her mommy use on the phone.

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