Little People Land was interesting last week.  We thought we might be looking at some loving discipline for a few minutes when this happened:

Little Person:  I am going to leave.

Me:  Leave?

Little Person: Yes, run away.

Me:  Oh.  Well, I will miss you terribly.

Little Person:  I am going anyway.

Me:  That makes me sad, but I guess I could help you pack. How can I help?

Little Person:  You can pack up some food for me.

Me:  Oh, I’m sorry.  You can’t take the food.  If you take the food, there won’t be any here for the rest of us.

Little Person:  Seriously?

Me:  I’m afraid so.  What else can I do?

Little Person:  You can give me a suitcase.

Me:  Oh, I’m sorry.  There are no suitcases to spare.  We may be taking another trip to Texas or somewhere after you leave, and we will need them.

Little Person:  Seriously?  Then you can put my toys in a trash bag for me.

Me:  Oh, I’m sorry. We only have four trash bags left.  If you take one, we won’t have enough to make it through the rest of the month.

Little Person:  How am I supposed to carry my toys then?

Me, making a big circle with my arms:  Like this, I guess.

Little Person:  Seriously?  Running away is too much trouble.  I’m going outside and play.

 

Whew! Another major crisis averted along the rocky path of childhood.

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