Big Brother is a sensitive soul. His comforting hugs have gotten me through more than a few rough patches recently. But that makes it all the funnier when we play pretend.
BB: (with chomping arms) An alligator is eating Mommy!
Me: It’s eating me?
BB: An alligator is eating Mommy with his sharp teeth!
Me: (in mock horror) Oh, no!
BB: (suddenly concerned) Don’t worry Mommy, it’s okay.
Me: Oh, okay. I’m all right.
BB: (resuming alligator arms) An alligator is eating Mommy!
A few weeks ago, we were practicing for Trick-or-treating.
Me: Okay, I’m going to pretend to be the neighbor. When you get to the door, what do you do?
BB: Ring, ring, ring, ring, ring.
Me: (opening door) Hello?
Me: Can you say “Trick or treat”?
BB: Trick or treat!
Me: Here’s a treat!
Me: What do you say?
BB: I like my treat!
Me: Good. Can you say thank you?
BB: Thank you!
Me: You’re welcome. Happy Halloween! Have a good night.
BB: But I’m not ready to go to bed!
Me: You’re welcome. Bye!
BB: I don’t want to go bye bye! I want to see Mommy!