Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Green Eyed Monster

There is a Berenstein Bears book about a green eyed monster. Kelly read it to Caitlyn about a month ago. It scared the hell out of her. So it had to go in the garbage (didn't really, we just pretended) because that's what we did with The Grinch who Stole Christmas and she was no longer afraid of it. Well it didn't work as well as it did with the Grinch. Every now and again, she mentions that she is afraid of the green eyed monster. And naturally I assure her that there is no monster in this house that will harm her. For that matter, there are no monsters here.

Well the other day while we were at my mom's house, my mom threw a raging fit. She used to have them about every other day or so when I was a kid. I got used to them, and pretty much blew them off. Caitlyn is still learning about them. Though now mom really only has them about once a month or so. And now they are typically revolving around Kelly. Anyway, mom throws a fit. Caitlyn gets upset and starts crying. So I comfort her telling her that grandma is just really crabby and that in a few minutes she will stop and all will be well. Like clockwork, a few minutes later, mom is calm and life resumes to the norm in her house.

We get home, Cate gets in her jammies, and I read her a bedtime story. Sounds like the norm right? Wrong. Appearently this whole episode was still looming on her little brain. She looks at me and tells me that she doesn't like it when grandma yells like that. Well who does really? The woman looks, acts, and sounds like a damn lunatic. So we begin the discussion again that we had earlier. Then the girl starts sobbing. Can you see where this is going yet? I urge her to tell me what is bothering her so much. And she does just that.....

"When grandma yells like that she reminds me of the green eyed monster."

Needless to say, grandma now has a new nickname within the family. She hates it, but holy hell are we getting a good laugh out of it.


andi said...

bahahahahahah!!!!! that was great :D she sounds like me still thinking about the events of the day right before bed lol

Angela said...

Oh no! I don't know your mom, but have to chuckle that the rest of the family is finding this funny!

When I was small I overheard my mom talking on the phone to one of her girlfriends. I must have been about 5 or 6 at the time. I heard my mom say "Well, Mary, everyone has skeletons in their closet." well, that's all my little mind needed...I was convinced there were truly scary, boney skeletons in my closet! My mom must have wondered how on earth I came to this conclusion. She hung a poster of the smurfs inside my closet and said they would not allow any skeletons to live in my closet. Maybe something like that would work for Caitlyn? Or maybe not since every time I have a secret or made a personal mistake I wish to hide, I spontaneously sing the smurfs theme song! LOL, j/k!!

Nancy said...

Angela, that made me laugh out loud. Matt actually asked me what I was laughing about and I had to tell him. I am willing to bet that everytime you hear that phrase now you are reminded of that...how funny.

Since the girl is all about Barney these days, maybe we could try putting Barney up somewhere to stave of the monster. We'll give it a go. Maybe as soon as I get off my butt and type up the letter from him we'll hang that in there to do the trick.

And yes, the rest of the family is finding my mom the green eyed monster hysterical; so it's okay, go ahead and laugh at her.

Cath said...

LMAO! Caitlyn is certainly one smart cookie!!