Melinda Macintosh was six years old. She had a Mommy, a Daddy, and a two week old baby sister named Layla. They also had a puppy named Pepper. Melinda couldn't stand Layla. Mommy and Daddy always played with Layla. And talked to Layla. And gave Layla hugs and kisses and attention. Ever since Layla was born Melinda was treated as if she were invisible. Melinda wished Layla would go back to the hospital.
It was September fourth and Melinda was getting ready for school. She wore a bright pink dress with ruffles and little black high heels. Her long shiny blond hair was hanging down her back in a braid. "Melinda, time for your first day of first grade. And hurry up, Layla is getting restless." called Mommy.
When Melinda came home she wanted to tell Mommy all about her day. She excitedly rushed into the house and found Mommy in the room that belonged to Layla. Mommy hushed her and explained, "The baby is napping. You have to be quiet!"
So Melinda wandered off to find Daddy. He was in his home office painting something. Melinda opened her mouth to start telling him about her day but he covered her mouth with his hand and exclaimed,"I am painting a rocking chair for Layla when she gets older. I need to concentrate."
Melinda still wasn't discouraged.She set off to find Pepper. He was a good listener. But Melinda found him curled up with Layla in her bassinet. Now Melinda was sad. Nobody cared about her. Then Melinda had an idea. She lifted up her baby sister and put her on the soft carpet. Then she got a cardboard box from the garage. She also took some packing tape from Mommy's desk and she found some safety scissors and a small blanket. She carefully spread the blanket in the box. Then she gently lifted in the sleeping baby. Then she closed the box and cut some air holes in so Layla could breathe. She taped the box together and put on a stamp. She planned on mailing her away the next morning when the mailman came. The Mommy walked in and found the box. She opened it up and lifted out Layla. "Oh my sweet little angel. Melinda you are in big trouble. You can not mail away your baby sister!" Mommy declared
She burst into tears. "You don't care about me. You only care about Layla. And Daddy too." sobbed Melinda.
Mommy said, "Honey, that is not true. We have enough love to go around. Layla is just a baby so she needs more attention. You get to be the one she looks up to. You can be my special little helper." And she pulled Melinda in for a big hug
Melinda looked up at the baby who opened her eyes and smiled at Melinda. Melinda smiled back. Then Layla went back to sleep. Melinda decided having a little sister wasn't so bad and Layla was really cute.
As the girls grew they got closer and closer. Now Melinda is 12 and in middle school. Layla is 6 and starting first grade. They have a new baby sister named Rosy and she is loved very much by her sisters and parents. Layla gets jealous of Rosy sometimes and still sometimes fights with Melinda. But everyone gets along pretty well most of the time.
This is a fiction story.