Saturday, February 2, 2013

Billie Jean The Big Girl

Billie Jean Barrett did not feel like a big girl, but everybody said she was one. "My what a big girl you are, Billie Jean!" Grandma told her patting her head on her way to see Billie Jean's new baby sister, Bonnie. Grandma scooped up Bonnie in her arms and cooed over her. "My what a cute little baby you are." She sat down on the couch with baby Bonnie still in her arms.

Billie Jean wanted to be Grandma's cute little baby too. When she tried to sit down on the couch and crawl into Grandma's arms too, Grandma pushed her away. "Not now, Billie Jean." she said. "Your too big. You'll hurt the baby."

Billie Jean pouted and sat down on the floor angrily. She didn't want to be a big girl. Nobody cared about big girls. She wanted to be a baby again. She stuck her thumb in her mouth. She hadn't done that since she was a baby.

"Billie Jean!" said Mommy entering the room and spying Billie Jean's thumb in her mouth. "Why are you sucking your thumb? You're a big girl! Big girls don't suck their thumbs"

"I don't want to be a big girl!" cried Billie Jean unhappily, but Mommy didn't hear her. Billie Jean stomped her feet angrily on the ground, but Mommy didn't see her. Baby Bonnie had started crying and Mommy had gone off to feed her. Billie Jean went chasing after Mommy. "I'm your baby too, Mommy." she said tugging on her mother's skirt and trying to get her attention.

Mommy turned and gave Billie Jean a look. Billie Jean knew that look. It was not a happy look. "Billie Jean." she said angrily, "Not now." She turned away from Billie Jean. Grandma handed baby Bonnie to Mommy and Mommy took the baby to feed her.

Billie Jean stormed out of the room. It was not fair! She was Mommy's baby too! She was! She was not a big girl. Why couldn't Mommy take care of her too? Why did everything always have to be about Bonnie?

For a while, things were quiet. Then, baby Bonnie started crying again. She cried and cried and didn't stop. Billie Jean peeked in the other room. Mommy was practically in tears too. She tried feeding Bonnie some more but Bonnie wasn't hungry. Bonnie just kept crying. She tried changing Bonnie's diaper, but Bonnie still kept crying. Mommy and Grandma took turns holding her and trying to comfort her and get her to stop crying, but nothing worked. Bonnie just cried and cried.

Finally, Billie Jean couldn't stand it anymore.Someone had to stop that crying. If Mommy and Grandma couldn't do it, it was up to her, Billie Jean. She went running into the other room. "Mommy," she asked, "Can I hold the baby?"

"Not now." said Mommy, but Grandma said it couldn't hurt and that they'd tried everything else. Billie Jean sat down on the couch and Mommy settled the baby in her arms. Bonnie looked up at her big sister and stop crying. Billie Jean smiled at her. Bonnie kept looking at her. She almost seemed to be smiling back.

"Mommy." said Billie Jean proudly but quietly so as not to upset her sister. "I am a big girl."

Mommy smiled at Billie Jean. "Yes you are Billie Jean, but your still my baby too."

Billie Jean smiled back. "Yes," she said. "I'm a baby and a big girl too."

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