Monday, April 18, 2011

Gracie Gets a Roommate

 Gracie Daniels had a beautiful room. It was all in her favorite color purple. She had a purple desk and a purple dresser and a purple headboard. She had princess wallpaper with all her favorite princesses on it - Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. She had a big cozy purple bed with a nice warm  fluffy princess blanket and a soft pillow. She loved her room and her bed or so she said, but she hardly every wanted to spend time there especially not in her bed especially not at night. Every night, she would beg "Oh, please mommy, can't I sleep with you? Just for tonight." Mommy and Daddy usually felt bad and let her sleep in their room especially Daddy.

Mommy and Daddy tried everything to get Gracie to stay in her room. They let her choose the color. They let her choose the decorations. That's how she ended up with a purple princess room in the first place. They got her a night light. They let her sleep with as many stuffed animals as she wanted. Still Gracie would not stay in her room. She only wanted to sleep in Mommy and Daddy's room with them.

Mommy and Daddy loved Gracie. They loved her very much with all their hearts. Even though, they loved Gracie with all their hearts, they did not want her sleeping in their bed. "Gracie," said Mommy. "Your room looks great. You did such a nice job of picking the colors and decorations for it." Grace nodded proudly. "Don't you want to sleep in your beautiful room?" Gracie shook her head no.

"Gracie, " said Daddy. "Isn't it crowded in Mommy and Daddy's bed. Wouldn't you like to stretch out in your own big bed?"  Gracie shook her head no.

Maybe, it wasn't too crowded for Gracie, but it was too crowded for Mommy and Daddy. Gracie was always kicking them in the night. Besides, even though Mommy and Daddy loved Gracie, they needed some Mommy and Daddy time too without Gracie. "Please Gracie." begged Mommy." Would you please sleep in your own room so Mommy and Daddy can spend time together?"

Gracie's lower lip quivered and she began to cry "But mommy" , she said "I thought you loved me."

Mommy gathered Gracie in her arms and hugged her tightly. "Of course, I love you, but I love Daddy too and sometimes I need to spend time with him. Don't you like special time with the people you love like when Grandma took you to the movies or when you and Daddy went fishing?"

Gracie nodded and stopped crying. She understood, but she didn't feel better. "But mommy, the night is a long time, and it's dark." she said worriedly. "And I'll be all alone."

"We'll be right in the next room." promised Mommy.

Gracie did not feel comforted. "It's not the same" she mumbled.

The next afternoon, Gracie heard Mommy calling to her.  Gracie was actually up in her bedroom sitting on her bed looking at a book. It was not so bad in the day time. It was only at night that she didn't want to be there.

"Gracie!" called Mommy again. "Come on downstairs! Someone wants to meet you!"

Gracie couldn't imagine who it was. She raced down the stairs and into the kitchen and looked around.Who could it be? She didn't see anyone. Was mommy teasing her?  Was mommy playing a joke? Because if she was, it wasn't funny. She opened her mouth to speak but closed it again in shock when she saw the brown and white furry bundle scampering around on the kitchen table. "Oh how cute!" she gushed hurrying over to the table. "What is this? Where did it come from? Can I pet it?" she asked excitedly.

Mommy laughed at Gracie's enthusiasm. "This is Mae. She is a guinea pig. Of course, you pet her. She belongs to you."

"She does?!" replied Gracie with surprise and excitement.

"Yes, she does, and she is going to sleep in your room."

"She is?!" replied Gracie even more excitedly.

"Yes. She is." said Mommy. "On one condition."

Gracie got a little worried. She chewed on the end of her finger nervously. "What is it? she asked quietly.

Mommy laughed again and hugged Gracie. "It's nothing to get all worried about." she said. "It's just that Mae is a baby. She is only six weeks old and she gets a little bit scared sometimes especially at night. She needs someone to stay with her."

Gracie nodded. She knew how scary nights could be especially if you were alone. She never wanted Mae to feel that way. From that night on she slept in her own room, in her own bed, with Mae in her cage on the dresser right beside Gracie's bed. Mae never had to spend a scary night alone and neither did Gracie.

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