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Friday, November 29, 2019

Crimeful-ness

Caitlin Age 3
Nine o'clock pm.
Six happy, grubby little bodies scrubbed clean and clothed in freshly-laundered pajamas.
Six sets of shiny, white teeth brushed.
Six heads of hair neatly brushed.
Six stories read.
Six songs sung.
Six sweet, heartfelt prayers.
Six (times six) hugs and kisses.
And six children finally tucked up between fresh, clean sheets.
All are asleep.
Whew!
And now, their parents can relax, knowing that their happy, healthy and very active children have been properly prepared for a much-needed night's rest.
They can put their feet up and rejoice in a few stolen minutes of peace and calm. To visit together and catch up on the day's events.
All is well.
Then . . .
Little footsteps. Crossing the bedroom. Coming up the hall. Going into the kitchen.
The squeak of a refrigerator door.
Talk in the front room ceases. Two semi-alert parents are listening to the clandestine sounds.
Finally, the suspense is too much.
"Who's in the kitchen?"
Silence. A three-year-old intellect is working frantically.
"Who's there?"
"Ummm . . . not me!"
Healthy and clean and ready for bed? Yes.
Sneaky and clandestine and ready for a life of prevarication and/or crime? Not so much.

12 comments:

  1. I remember this story!

    You bring it up ALL THE TIME...

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  2. In our house Mr Nobody was known as George. As in 'Georgie dunnit' whatever it was. And the answer to who's there (particularly when who ever should be there) was always Georgie.

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  3. For my husband's family it was "Mr. Moosier did it.:

    What a delightful story! It could be an excellent story to be told year after year.

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    1. Thank you so much for agreeing! My daughter/culprit has another reaction. (See above...)

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  4. We didn't dare to NOT confess to Mom about our misdeeds! I guess we didn't "have it", either, lol

    What a sweet story :)

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    1. Yeah, I was pretty much a confessor as well. Except about the straight pin and the toenail clippers...

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  5. That's cute. I'm reminded of the time I caught my four year old sneaking into his sister's bedroom after the lights were out. I called out "Oi!" and he shot back across the hall so fast he was a blur.

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  6. It's okay, learning early you are not cut out for a life of crime saves a lot of time in the principal's office.

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