Yesterday, as I was getting ready to go somewhere, putting on my makeup and whatnot, I heard Annabelle start to cry. Upon checking to see what the matter was, I discovered that she was upset because Emma was running away from her and didn't want to play with her. So, I sat my eldest daughter down to have a little talk with her about being an unselfish big sister, how "it's nice to play with Annabelle because she's your little sister and looks up to you and just loves to be with you." Emma insisted that she didn't feel like it, at which remark I promptly told her "well, tough. Mommy doesn't always feel like playing with you either... and I still do it, because I love you." She just looked at me-- I think she was amazed that mommy could ever NOT want to play with her darlings! :)
Anyway, they went off to play together after that, and I was quite sure that I had taught Emma a nice little lesson about showing love and thinking of others ahead of ourselves.... until this morning, when I was getting ready again. There came Emma running into my room, a tearful Annabelle following behind.
"Emma!" I said, "don't you remember what we talked about yesterday?"
"Yes," she replied.
"Then why aren't you letting Annabelle play with you, like a nice big sister?"
Her response? She calmly said:
"Because I'm pretty sure she's trying to turn me into a frog."