Following the tradition started way back when my four oldest were still mostly in the single digits we call today Christmas Adam as it is the day before Christmas Eve. They borrowed this idea from another family of friends who were more or less all the same age as themselves.
The children love Christmas Adam since it means that Christmas Day is almost here.
The evening before last my nine year old, Teddy, was showing me his wounds from the day. Here is the bruise from bumping on. And I got this scratch from... and then suddenly I was directed to a bite mark.
"And this is the bite I got from Emma!" My head pulled out of the dryer quickly when I heard that one.
"Emma bit you today?"
He shrugged his tough guy shrug and went on showing his badges of honour, err rather wounds.
As I was behind in all I had to do and in a hurry to catch up - I quickly forgot that little red puncture wound he had shown me.
Yesterday though my 20 year old son, Jonathan, filled me in on the details.
Emma had been wearing her beloved lion disguise and had been on the prowl in the living room. As she pounced on Jonathan he teased her.
"Oh Lion - you aren't going to bite me are you? Lions BITE!"
Apparently she just growled her answer and kept seeking her prey. But the wheels were turning as she crawled about on the living room, hunting her unsupecting victim.
Suddenly as she passed Teddy she lunged at him announcing I'm a Lion and sunk her teeth into his calf.
When he gave a scream of pain she clasped both hands over her mouth and sat back on her hunches apparently very disconcerted that she had done this, but also quite worried that she was going to be in big trouble for biting.
Jonathan examined the wound and informed Teddy he would live and to "offer it up" and get on with his day. They had a guy to guy talk about dealing with pain and moving on. Hence the nonchalant shrug when he answered my query the night before; "Emma bit you?"
Still, being only nine, he had needed to inform his mother of the insult, but without whining. I'm quite proud of him!
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