Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mommy's Little Elves

"But, mommy..." whined Ellery Shumaker. "We are playing a game." Her older sister, Elissa nodded in agreement.

Mommy shook her head. "It's bed time now, and this room is mess." Mommy unhappily glanced around the room. There were toys everywhere all over the floor, on the bed, half hanging out of the closet. "Tomorrow I want this room cleaned." she announced.

"But, mommy." protested Elissa. "There is too much to clean up."

"It is your room. You two made the mess. You are going to clean it." insisted Mommy. She sighed. It had been a long day. She still had a lot more to do, and she was tired.  She yawned sleepily.

"You should got to bed too, Mommy." declared Elissa.

"Yeah." added Ellery. "You're tired, mommy. You're yawning."

Mommy wearily smiled at the two girls. "It's nice of you two to worry about me, but I have more work to do. Unfortunately the house doesn't straighten itself up."  She directed the girls to get their pajamas on and brush their teeth then quickly ushered them into  their beds.

"Goodnight, Mommy."  they chorused as Mommy left the room.

Mommy went downstairs and started to finish cleaning up, but a little bit later she was just too tired and came up to go to bed.

As she heard, Mommy's door shut, Elissa tiptoed across the floor and poked her little sister. "Ellery, are you up?" she asked in a loud whisper.

"I am now." replied Ellery miserably opening her eyes and glaring at her sister.

"Mommy's really tired. We have to help her." insisted Elissa.

"I'm really tired too." declared Ellery.  She rolled over and closed her eyes.

Elissa poked her again. "Don't you want to help, Mommy?"

"Can't we do it tomorrow?" begged Ellery.

"No." insisted Elissa. "Then, it won't be a surprise. Come on." she urged her little sister.

Ellery sleepily got out of bed. The two girls tiptoed down the stairs. They straightened up the living room. First they put all the pillows neatly back  on the couch. They folded up the throw blankets as neatly as they could. They collected and threw out the garbage that was scattered around. They put any of their toys that had been left out away.

When they finished, they went quietly back upstairs. They quickly and quietly cleaned their own room.  Then, they went back to bed. They were so tired they immediately fell asleep.

The next morning, Mommy woke up before either of the girls. That was usual.  "Wake up, sleepyheads!" she called cheerfully as she came in and opened the drapes and let the sunshine in the windows.  "Wow!" she added noticing she hadn't tripped over any toys for once. "This room looks awfully clean. Do you happen to know anything about that?" she asked looking from one girl to the other.

"No, Mommy." answered Elissa as she got up and got out of bed. "Maybe, it was elves or something."

"Elves?" repeated Mommy.

"Yes, elves." declared Ellery as she got up too.

When they got ready and went downstairs and Mommy saw the living room, she asked "More elves?"

"Must be." replied Elissa as Ellery nodded vigorously in agreement.

That night after Mommy went to bed, Elissa woke her little sister once more. "Let's help, Mommy again."

"Okay." agreed Ellery.

They went downstairs but Mommy had already straightened up. They decided to put  out breakfast. They put out bowls, spoons, and napkins and filled the bowls with cereal which they got by standing on a chair next to the kitchen cabinets.

When Mommy and the two girls came down the next morning, and Mommy saw everything laid out on the table, she smiled. "The elves strike again." she stated.

"I guess." replied Elissa pretending not to know anything about it."

"Me too." added Ellery.

"All we need is milk." declared Mommy as she went to the refrigerator and took it out.

For several more days, whenever Mommy came down in the morning, a surprise greeted her: a room was straightened up, breakfast was laid out on the table, the dishwasher was emptied or some other chore was done. Every time she asked Elissa and Ellery about it, they insisted it must have been elves.

At the end of the week, Mommy came down and the house was just as she had left it the night before. Nothing was straightened up. There was no breakfast laid out on the table. Everything was just the same as it had been. Mommy couldn't help smiling. Her little elves must have been exhausted after a week of getting up in the night and working so hard. She went upstairs and checked on them and gently kissed each of them on the head as they lay sleeping.

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