April 7th, 2014


Pirates and tricksters

As I mentioned yesterday, we did some babysitting today. This time, the little girl found an empty paper towel roll, which put into her head the idea of playing Pirates. She determined that she was Captain Hook, and Athena was Mr. Smee, and they went in search of treasure while I hung out in the bathroom, holding her little brother up so he could play with the light switches. So there the two of us were, minding our own business, when a couple of pirates raided and stole our treasure. Baby brother wasn't too disturbed by the ordeal, so he kept playing with the light switches while I listened in on the pirates.

I heard Mr. Smee say something like, "I don't want to eat the treasure! I think it will give me a tummy ache, Cap'n!" to which Captain Hook replied, "It's just cracker treasure." That was sufficiently convincing, so both pirates ate the treasure...and then Captain Hook fainted. A minute later, s/he woke up and started attacking Mr. Smee. Apparently he'd been transformed into a monster. The monster came back to the bathroom island and attacked me, and then finally Captain Hook regained his wits and felt really, really bad about what had happened. The little girl came into the office and sulked, "I just feel really, really bad about eating that treasure." She even apologized to me for taking the treasure, and then I said something that I don't remember, and then she pretended to spit the treasure back out and return it to me. I was like, "Gee...thanks."

All in all, it was a pretty fun babysitting adventure, but it came to a tragic end when we had the bad timing to present the giant Costco snake plush right before the little girl's father returned to retrieve the children. So he had to drag her away, kicking and screaming, while we managed to get to work. And now we're finally finished with work, so soon we can do what we've really been wanting to do all day, which is play more Kamigami no Asobi.

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Today I'm thankful for Page using the giant snake plush for a bed, getting to watch the women's conference last night, getting to hear Jim Cummings read Darth Vader lines in his Winnie the Pooh voice, having ice cream, and having time to play video games today.