I would see her approach in her bunny ears and say, "Elizabeth, take those OFF!!"
She's smile at me, and twitch her nose and hop like a bunny.
I wanted to scream.
Lately when Lucy and Coen are fighting, I tell them stories of me and Auntie Bethie--The things we did that drove each other crazy. This one is their favorite.
So, one night, during this time, Beth came into the bathroom at night where I was brushing my teeth. She was wearing her bunny ears.
"Ugh." I groaned with annoyance. "Take those OFF Elizabeth. It's bedtime!"
She smiled at me sweetly, blue-gray eyes shining. She looked at herself, then me, in the mirror and stared to sing. She sang "Good N-I-G-H-T." She drew out the "gooooood" and then finished off by spelling the rest. I wanted to yank her hair.
"Stop it." I said quietly.
"Knock it OFF, Elizabeth."
"Stop it!" I said, louder this time.
"STOP IT!!" I screamed.
"Girls!" My mom called upstairs
"Alie's screaming!" Elizabeth said.
I couldn't believe it. I angrily marched off to bed.
I told this story to my kids and their cousins upon request the other night. Beth was present, laughing all the while. And anytime Coen and Lucy really get into it, I sit them down. "Tell us another story about you and Auntie Bethie." They always say.
It seems to help.
|Auntie Bethie, my mom, and me.|