As always - The Cast of Characters
Me (The Daddy)
The Bean: Age 7
The Butterfly: Age 6
The Darling Wife
The Buffett Puppy
In a previous post - You're Not Coming to My Birthday Party - The Butterfly announces that The Bean isn't invited to her party. Yes, she's going to have a party at one of those jumpy-around places while The Bean is to sit at home and cry and not go to the jumpy-around place and have cake. In this scenario, The Bean will wish she was a better big sister.
That was The Butterfly's plan.
However, The Butterfly realized that there would be less presents if The Bean was not in attendance. Surely an exception could be made, even for the most horrible of Beans.
It should be noted that The Bean and The Butterfly are generally simpatico. They play together daily. They sit together on the bus. They hold occasional sleepovers in one another's room, although these don't always go so well.
The Butterfly is now 6 years-old and knows where her bread is buttered. It would upset Grammy greatly if The Bean were denied entrance to the festivities. It might even result in getting a lesser birthday gift.
And we can't have that.
So The Butterfly bites the bullet. She sacrifices a slab of cake and a juice box for one more wrapped box with frilly ribbon added to her stash. She wants one more Barbie added to the collection.
So The Butterfly is nice. For about 48 hours. Once the party is over and the loot collected, she reminds The Bean what a horrible big sister she is. She informs The Bean that these are HER toys and there will be NO sharing.
The Butterfly had discovered a loophole in the process.
God save us if she becomes a lawyer.