Little fact about Jack...he knows no bedtime stories. No fairy tales, fables, myths, Winnie the Pooh or swashbuckles. He does know OF some of the more famous ones, but don't drill him on the finer points of the story of the Little Red Hen or the Gingerbread Man. But he does have a great imagination.
His night shift means that on his days/nights off, a lot of times he's not sleepy during normal nighttime hours...when I do sleep. That was the case last night, so he queued up Star Wars DVDs and settled in for a mini-marathon. I was sleepy and kind of hinted it would be nice to snuggle up for a while till I fell asleep...then he'd have all night to himself with The Force.
He came in to snuggle up, having paused one of the DVDs mid-scene. (That meant I'd better not take too much time falling asleep? ha) Turned the lights out and held me close.
Me, to Jack: Hey, do you know any bedtime stories? I remember you saying you don't remember many, but tell me a story, even if you have to make one up, k?
Me: Ok, shoot...
There was a girl who was sleepy.
So she fell asleep.
Me: Hey, no way, that's not for real, tell me a for real bedtime story.
Like the kind that starts with "once upon a time." Just make up something!
Jack: Once upon a time there was a little girl who got sleepy and fell asleep THE END.
(not even a breath between words.)
Me: JACK. You're cheating!
There need to be details.
As in details about the girl and some storyline between the Onceuponatime and the THEEND.
Once upon a time there was a GIRL NAMED ROBBYN who was sleepy and then she
fell asleep THE END.
(Now I can't stop laughing...)
Me: NO WAY are you getting off that easy!
There needs to be action, use your creativity...put in some stuff about swashbuckling or overcoming
incredible odds or castles and moats or throw in some mythical creatures that fly or something...
Jack: This is the last time.
Once upon a time...
Me: Good, it's good so far...
Jack: ...there was...
Me: (...don't say there was a little girl...)
Jack: ...there was a little girl
Jack: ...wait! wait for it...
there was a little girl named
... Little Red Robbyn Hood.
Jack: Little Red Robbyn Hood.
Me: Do you mean Little Red Riding Hood... or Robin Hood?
Jack: I mean Little Red Robbyn Hood.
Me: There IS no Little Red Robbyn Hood.
Jack: Yes there is. It's MY bedtime story.
Me: Well your heroine has a split personality. What does she do...steal from the rich to give to...Grandma?
Jack: No. No, you have to let me tell the story.
Me: Ok ... so what happens next?
Jack: So Little Red Robbyn Hood
Jack: FELT SLEEPY AND WENT TO SLEEP,
Me: I'm so grateful.
I don't know what I'd have done without that story.
Jack: You're welcome!
Me: (laughing my head off...)
Now GO...GO to her!!
Jack: Her who?
Me: Your dream girl
Jack: baby you're my dream gir...
Me: No! I'm on to you now. GO to Princess Leia!
Jack: Huh? I don't even like Princess Leia
Me: It's all about the braids. Princess Leia has mondo braids in weird intergalactic configurations all over her head. My hair won't braid long enough to wrap all around my head. I know you're secretly fascinated with her weird braids and can't wait to see what side of her head they're on in the next scene. Go! And may the force be with you!
And he laughed until he had a coughing fit and yes he did, he did go and finish the Star Wars marathon.
And I turned on the lamp and picked up a good spy novel to read...
Till I felt sleepy and fell asleep THE END.