Last Friday night*, was the first time that I’d been to Finnertys in 3.5 years. Partly because The Kids are not allowed to go** so I stay at home with them and partly because even if they were allowed, they don’t want to go. According to them, it’s BOOOOOORRRRRIIIIINNNGGGG!
But this weekend, I convinced them that instead of playing with their new train set, we were going to a party in the same town as their new school!*** On top of all the things that would be going on at the party (their guesses were clowns and balloons to which I may have responded in the affirmative) was that there would be kids there. Note that the party that I was referring to was in fact an auction sale and while there were sure to be clowns there, I don’t think they were the ones that they had in mind.
Fortunately, there were two young girls at the sale. One was 7 years old and the other had just turned five. They ran around the backyard (field), picked bouquets of lilacs and shared toys. It all seemed so innocent until suddenly there was silence.
At the time, The Kids and the five year old (herein referred to as Elizabeth) were finding some relief from the sun under an umbrella. At which time, Artemis leaned into Elizabeth and in a low voice asked “Do you use a pillow at night?”. Elizabeth’s reply was unintelligible but it was clear that she responded in the affirmative (later confirmed by her Mother). Artemis replied “I’m not allowed to because my Mom says that I’m too young”.
I’m in big trouble when she figures out that Elizabeth is younger than her.
Do You Let Your Child Sleep with a Pillow at Night?
— Journeys of The Zoo (@zoojourneys) May 25, 2015
For the record, I have no idea why I don’t let The Kids use pillows at night. I know that their reliance on soothers (past tense) and stuffies makes me not want to have another ritual to complete at night before they’ll go to bed at night.
If you have any information and/or links to confirm that they should or shouldn’t be using pillows at the age of five, please share them with me.
* Nanna was here to babysit.
** No one under the age of 16 is allowed on the premises once the sale begins. It’s probably based on liability issues but I think it’s also because Finnerty swears like a sailor all night long.
*** I guess that I should tell you about their “new school” soon.