TheBoy is 3.6 years old. He loves stories. Tonight he wanted a verbal made-up one. I asked him to give me the starting synopsis - typically it's stuff like Humpty and Stumpty play with my tool box - so I could start telling it and crafting it as I went.
'Ellie and Dellie are swimming superheroes!'
Yep, that was all him. The names of the characters - never heard them before - and what he wanted them to be.
Naturally during the story they saved him when he fell in the river. He tends to star in these stories. For the most part the characters that routinely appear - like the same stable of actors in a Judd Apatow (1) production are - TheBoy, Humpty and Stumpty, Russell (from Pixar's Up), a Monster (who is friendly), and The Robot. They get up to all sorts of mischief together.
(1) We've been on a JA kick of late. All seventeen eps of Freaks and Geeks (damn you NBC for fireflying it!), Pineapple Express, and now Undeclared. Awesome stuff. Apatow's talent makes me seethe with jealousy.