The opening scene of this episode of Conversations With Small Children finds one of the small children still awake at 11 PM and the parents of the small children beside themselves with frustration. After being sent to bed several times the first of the small children still refuses to lie down. The conversation goes something like this-
Mother- I asked you several times to go to bed. It’s late and you’re way too tired. It’s time for bed. Let’s go.
Small Child- NO! I want a story!
M- You’re not getting a story. Go to bed.
SC- I WANT A STORY!!!!
M- You’re not getting a story it’s too late for that, you chose to play instead of get a story. Come on I’ll tuck you in.
SC- I WANT A STORY! I’M NOT GOING TO BED WITHOUT A STORY!
M- Yes you are!
SC- NO I’M NOT! I WANT A STORY!
This conversation is repeated over, and over, and over, and over for about 20 mins…
Mother says nothing, but glances in the direction of the small child, indicating that she will not discuss the situation any further and that the small child should probably go to bed before the small child is packed into a box with tiny air holes a snack and juice box and shipped via UPS to Abu Dhabi.
The small child stomps as loudly as she possibly can up the stairs and just when the parents think it’s safe to go back to their reading/tv/sewing/adult time the small child yells from the landing at the top of the stairs…
“ONCE UPON A TIME… THERE WERE TWO LITTLE GIRLS”
(and audible breath is heard)
“WHO HAD A REALLY… MEAN… MOMMY!!!!!!!!!!”
Dumbstruck and amused the parents of this small child stare at each other trying not to burst into fits of laughter.
“GOODNIGHT!” says the small child.
“Goodnight!” say the parents.
And with that, the small child disappears into her room. She cries a little.
Mother goes up the stairs and gives her small storyteller a kiss.
“We’ll try again tomorrow. I love you.” says the mother.
“I love you too mommy.” says the small child.
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