We were having such a hard time keeping Cora from stealing Sam's pacifiers which she refers to as "poppies". When the house went quiet, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt she had located the forbidden fruit and was defiling it in her germ filled mouth some where in secret. She burrows under blankets, pillows, or just behind her crazy fray of hair to hide. One time I found her perfectly coiled in my little suitcase, lid closed. The blanket hide out is the best though. She throws it over her head and leaves the rest of her naked self out to air dry. Its quite startling.
Cora can be such a bear. Naturally, she loves stories about them.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Cora.
"No, I'm a big girl!" Oh, yes yes, of course.
Once upon a time there was a big girl named Cora. She was a very fortunate girl. She had so many poppies; one in every color of the rainbow. Except she did not have blue. Her baby brother had one poppy in the whole wide world to call his own and it just happened to be blue. Cora wanted that poppy and she stopped at nothing to get it.
One day she sneaked into his sun filled room while he was napping and soothing himself away on that gloriously blue poppy. She tip toed over to his bed and quick popped it out of this mouth. His precious bottom lip puckered and quivered and then the loudest and saddest wail bellowed from his baby lungs. A moment later, down the hall way, came a low growl and a fierce snarl. Cora froze. The terrible noise came closer and closer, until Cora saw a great big paw creep across the threshold to Sam's room.
**(I know this can sound traumatizing, but I'm paying close attention to my human test subjects and noting if there is any impending psychological damage.. Of course, I won't get my longitudinal results until they are all grown up and any unforeseen consequences have already and irrevocably occurred. :)
The beast was a dreadful bear who introduced himself as "the guardian of baby brothers and their poppies"
At this point Cora and I get into an argument about what happens next. I say that the bear gives her a stern warning not to take Sam's pacifiers anymore, or else.....! She is adamant that "character Cora" takes out her sword and kills the bear. Swipe, swipe! "I kill you bear!"
Suffice it to say, I think the story has worked. She no longer steals his poppies for sucking. She still looks at them hungrily though. If the temptation is too great, she will grab for it and say "here you go!" or "let me wash it for you", just so she can have a moment with it alone in her hands.