Elinor is normally afraid of nothing, including steep drops, deep water, cars and large dogs. However, aged two, whilst out shopping, she met a Chinese New Year dancing dragon and found it very frightening. Her mother reassured her “No Elinor, it is not a scary dragon, it’s a nice green dragon, it’s an auspicious dragon”. This made a deep impression on her and for at least 6 months she would suddenly remember about it and tell you the story ENNA SEE AUSPIS GEEN DAGON NOT SCARY etc etc.
Seems to have worn off now, although she will still go out of her way to tell you that any dragon which comes up in conversation is nice, not scary, especially the pink one in Shrek.