Monday, June 3, 2013

The Nighttime Liturgy

In the parenting class Rosa and I took, and in the various parenting blogs that we've read, we have come to understand how common it is for children to develop a bedtime "ritual" that they adhere to religiously.

For every child, this can look a little different. Layla doesn't have much of a ritual at this point, except that she likes me to rock her before she goes to bed (at 3 this is getting to be a challenge).

Sanaa, on the other hand, has something that I'd like to call her Nighttime Liturgy. Sanaa says as either I or Rosa are about to walk out her bedroom door for the night.

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The full version of the Liturgy has lines for both SANAA and a PARENT and goes as follows:

SANAA:

"I'll see you in the morning.
Have a good sailor dream, stranger dream, and Jesus dream.
Have a good girl dream. Have a good boy dream.
Sleep tight good night.
I'll see you in the morning.
Sleep tight good night.
Twinkle, Twinkle, sleep tight good night.

Don't let the bedbugs bite!

PARENT:

Don't let the bedbugs bite!

SANAA:

Ok, we won't, there is no hole!

PARENT:

Ok. Good night.

SANAA:

I'll see you in the morning, good night.

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The Liturgy or Ritual must be repeated verbatim. The Parent not repeating back "Don't let the bedbugs bite" will cause Sanaa to repeat it louder and Louder and LOUDER until the Parent repeats it.

There is an abbreviated version that Sanaa will use sometimes if she perceives that the Parent is leaving faster than she can spit out the whole thing. She will then cut out lines 2 through 5, and spit the whole dialogue out in about 5 seconds.

As with many things, we intend to document this little Ritual so that we can use it to embarrass her in front of boyfriends later on in life. Or at least, that's what I intend to do.

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