The Children's Dept. is having The Mad Hatter's Tea Party to kick-off
the Summer Reading Game this year, and celebrating a milestone
anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. It is free, but children need a
ticket, and we have limited number of tickets. Claudine came up to the
desk to ask for her ticket. Megan asked her if she wanted a ticket for
her brother, Emmanuel, too, or if Emmanuel was interested in attending.
Claudine froze on the spot and just stared, clearly looking very uncomfortable.
Megan asked her if she wanted to ask her brother if he wanted to attend
and to check with their mother. No response from Claudine. I said to
her, "Claudine, I think I know what's going on. You really don't want
your brother to attend, right? You want to come by yourself and not have
him around, right?" Claudine opened her eyes wide and solemnly nodded
her head. "You're afraid he will ruin it for you, right?"
Claudine, here's your ticket. You don't have to bring it up with your
brother. However, if he wants to come, we have to give him a ticket."
Claudine smiled and walked away.
Twenty minutes later Emmanuel walked up to
our desk. "Ms. B, I want to come to the tea party. May I have a
ticket, please? I will be very good, and I will wear my best suit. I
will look good for the tea party!" His younger sister looked on
"Okay, Emmanuel, but you know you must behave and you cannot
torment Claudine. We want you both to have a good time, but if you
misbehave, you will have to leave."
"I be good, Ms. B. I have never
been to a tea party, I want to come and I will look sharp!"
Claudine. She so desperately wanted to ditch her older brother! Funny
how little sisters can't seem to lose their older brothers!