It all starts out so innocently.
I took my girls to see a free storytelling program offered by our public library. The show was entertaining – if you are 6 and 9, and it inspired my youngest to do some storytelling of her own. But because my youngest is the manager-type, I knew that she was going to try to pull her sister and I into this venture. Our conversation on the way home went something like this:
Youngest: Do I have a dragon puppet? I would like a dragon puppet.
Oldest: No, you don’t have one. (Implied: And if I did I wouldn’t share it with you.)
Me: You could make one – I could give you an old sock.
Y: I’m going to need some help. You guys can help me.
M: I will give you a marker.
Y: No, I need more help than that. I will assign you two parts to work on. You can each do three drawings of what you would like to do and then I can see which ones I like.
O: Mom, I don’t want to do that.
M: You don’t have to.
Y: But I need help.
M: I will give you some red fabric that you can make a tongue with.
Y: No, I want you to help me design it.
M: We are keeping it simple.
Y: Okay, you only have to do one drawing of each part I assign you.
M: No, if you want a dragon puppet, you have to figure out how to make it. I will help you with the things that you can’t do yourself.
Y: Do we have any green fabric to cover the sock?
M: No. We have a green marker.
Oldest: Can we stop at Hobby Lobby do get some magnets? I want to make something.
Y: Good idea. I need magnets too.
M: For what?
Y: For souvenirs. You know, for my storytelling show.
O: Mom, she’s stealing my ideas. She always does that.
Y: No I’m not. I was thinking about magnets before you said it.
O: Were not!
Y: Was too!
M: I said that you need to keep this simple. We do not need souvenirs.
Y: I am keeping it simple. The souvenir magnets will be very easy to make. You two can sell them.
M: How does the dragon puppet fit in to this?
Y: It is part of the play. That reminds me…I will need you to write down everything I say and then read it during the show.
Y: Because I won’t be able to remember what I said and I want it to be right.
M: How many performances are we talking about?
Y: Just one or two or three for practice. Or more.
O: Mom, can we get the magnets or not?
Y: Yes, I need some too.
O: Mom, that was my idea for something else. She’s doing it again.
M: I’m not selling souvenirs.
O: Me, either.
Y: But you have to.
O: Mom, she hit me with a tank top.
M: Why is there a tank top in the van?