My Morning Conversation With Li’l Bee.

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Scene: Bee and I are sitting at the table having breakfast in our pyjamas; she’s eating Cheerios, I’m eating toast with a jug of coffee. She’s almost finished the bowl as I offer her another spoonful….

Me:  More Cheerios?

Bee:  (turns her head) No, Mummy.

Me:  Yes, please. One more bite?

Bee:  No.

Me:  Okay. Want to get ready for school?

Bee:  Elmo.

Me:  Hmm… not right now, Bee. It’s time to get ready for school.

Bee:  Elmo.

Me: Um, no. We can listen to Elmo when we get home from school. Now it’s time to get dressed! (cheerfully) Want to help Mummy get dressed?

Bee:  (thinking)… Elmo.

Me:  Nope. Time for school.

Bee:  (smiling) Elmo?

Me:  School.

Bee:  Elmo.

Me:  School.

Bee:  El. Mo.

Me:  Sch. Ool.

Bee:  El-MO.

ME:  SchooOOl.


Me:  (recognizing her increasing frustration with not getting her way, I decide to be clever.) ELMOOOOOOO.

Bee’s eyes light up. She claps her hands together and squeals.

Bee:  Hahahaaa! Elmoooooo! Mummy, ELMO! (Wiggling in her seat, laughing and reaching her hands towards me.) UP!  Mummy, UP!  ELMO!

Me: (Immediately regretting this lame attempt at reverse psychology, and knowing unless I want an epic meltdown, I relent.) Crap. I mean, CRUD. I mean…. oh, hell. One song.

I take Bee to the living room, where we happily dance around to not one, but two Elmo songs. Getting dressed and out the door was a breeze. Turns out, it was the right decision after all.

2 thoughts on “My Morning Conversation With Li’l Bee.

    Anneliese said:
    January 17, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Made my day!

      mamabethbarnes said:
      January 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Aw, I’m so glad, Anneliese! It made my day, too 🙂 xo

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