Thursday, November 27, 2008

Little Emo

One of our favourite activities is tucking the kids in at night, especially if they are willing to go to bed. They're sweet, snuggly, and if you do everything according to plan they'll pass out before you're out the bedroom door.

The girlie, especially, needs the routine to be EXACT. Every night, after she washes up, she has a story read to her while she sits on Mom or Dad's lap on the rocker. Then she climbs into bed, with her little doggie Koko, and sometimes another guy (lately the IKEA rat) and asks for another story, usually one about our childhood.

I'll be honest, we've run out of stories and often have to make things up. After the "real" story, we then kiss her three times, Koko once, and we must tell her we love her, so she can say, "see you in the morning, love you too!!!'. Often she gets her "love you too" out before we say it first.

Last night, as her Dad was getting her wrapped in her covers, she said, "Daddy, I want to hear a story."

And her Dad started his usual trip down memory lane, before he was interrupted.

"No Daddy, I want to hear a story about the dead."


Daddy replied, "No sweetie, that would be a very sad story."

That seemed to satisfy her. So instead, the hubs regaled her with the story of the time when as a teenager, he and his cousin took his uncle's car out in the dark and did donuts on the field of a neighbouring cottage/farm, unknowingly destroying rows of freshly planted trees ...(well, not really, hopefully he'll hold that story until she's much much older).

A strange request though, don't you think?

And check her latest self-portrait:

It bears a remarkable resemblance to a familiar face:

(image from

You can call me Morticia.


April said...

That sound like a lot of creative energy you have to find at bedtime!

Cherry said...

I'm so bad at coming up with stories. This is something I should practice.

I love the bedtime routine. I think its a very special bonding time, and one they don't let you do later... plus they start getting pretty heavy to sit on your lap!

Badness Jones said...

I think it's the age. The Princess went through a stage of being obsessed with death. Partly it had to do with Hubs taking her to see his dad's grave (and he lost his dad when he was the Princess's age, so obviously that caused a lot of questions), but I think you just need to answer as matter-of-factly as you can.

Kami said...

HA! Morticia....I love the theme song from that show!

Kamden has been talkign about being dead and going to heaven lately too....Weird.

Momisodes said...

Wow! You just never know what they'll come at you with.

My daughter still hasn't asked much about death yet. But I know I better brace myself for it soon.

I love your title. Keep her away from the eyeliner!

Kat said...

Awww. Little Morticia! What a cutie pie. Daddy better come up with some non-sad dead stories he can tell her, before she has to go looking for her dead stories elsewhere... he he.

petite gourmand said...

Sounds exactly like our bedtime routine.
Recently lulu asked me "when you die mommy, will daddy be still here?" do I answer that one?
Where do they come up with this stuff?
Last time I checked, treehouse wasn't airing any cartoons about dead people.
lets' just count sheep sweetie- o-kay...

Miss said...

My son says things about death every once in awhile but has never really asked about it.

You called her an emo. HAHAHA.


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