26 Mar A Soul-Sucking Serpent

Somebody was mean to Bella at school today. This somebody has been a cause of ongoing drama with Bella for awhile. Let’s call her ‘Marissa’ to protect the guilty…

So we’re in the car on our way home and Bella is telling her impassioned story about the horrible Marissa who  (supposedly), tells fibs, teases people and takes things from other people’s bags.

I want to say, ‘Marissa sounds like an evil soul-sucking serpent and you need to punch her in the eye.’

But I’m trying to be a nice mother, so instead I say, “Well, I think Marissa is a lost cause and you should stay away from her and dont play with her anymore.” That’s a reserved and tolerant response, right? Five points in heaven for me!

But Middle Daughter doesn’t agree. She frowns at me and says gently, “What would Jesus do in this situation?”

Are you for real??!!

Bella says doubtfully, “I don’t know. Does Jesus know Marissa?” Obviously me and Bella are on the same unChristlike page.

I say, “I think Jesus would be firm with Marissa. He would tell her not to fib and not to take things from other little girl’s bags. A hardline approach to wrongdoing, y’know.”

Middle Sister shakes her head at me. “I don’t think Jesus would do that.” She turns to Bella, “Does Marissa have lots of brothers and sisters?”

What the heck does that have to do with anything??!!

“She’s got three brothers and two sisters,” says Bella.

Middle Daughter nods thoughtfully. “Ah see?”

No I dont see. See what?

“Maybe Marissa doesnt get much attention from her family at home because she’s got so many siblings. Maybe she’s sad deep inside. That’s why she does those things at school,” says Middle Daughter.

No, maybe Marissa is an evil soul-sucking serpent and she needs a punch in the eye.

Bella doesnt look convinced. So Middle Daughter adds, “How about Marissa’s parents. Do they both work? Are they away from home a lot?”

Say whaaat?!?!?!?!?! I have no clue where this child is getting her wacked ideas from.

“I dunno what her mum and dad do,” says Bella.

“You should ask her,” says Middle Daughter with all the sage wisdom of her 13yrs. “Maybe she feels neglected, maybe she’s misunderstood. That’s why she makes hurtful choices at school. It could be a cry for help.”

Bella’s frowning. “So what do I gotta do then?”

“Marissa needs your friendship and caring. Be nice to her. Be kind and patient. Even when she tells fibs and is mean. Marissa is troubled and she needs friends,” says Middle Daughter.

I can’t resist adding my two cents. “And if kindness doesnt work then Marissa needs a punch in the eye,” I say. “Because she could be a soul-sucking serpent.”

Both daughters look at me and roll their eyes and shake their heads in disapproval.

“Mum!” sighs Bella. “Jesus wouldn’t do that.”

I guess that means no points in heaven for me today.

  • Lima

    Haha, this is so cute. I think Bella will make a good friend for Marissa.

    March 26, 2015 at 6:21 am
  • vaee

    Hahaha..middle daughter has wisdom beyond her years but I do agree with you “punch the soul sucking serpent in the eye” if all else fails!

    March 27, 2015 at 7:23 am
  • I like how your middle daughters thinks! 🙂

    March 31, 2015 at 2:11 am
  • Leilani Martinez

    Funny how I can see so clearly what good things ANOTHER mother should do when a soul-sucking serpent bothers her child…but when it’s happening to my child, I want to take a big stick and put an end to the soul-sucking serpent myself! Oh yes…it has happened to me many times over the years, and luckily for me, my good sense (usually in the form of my husband) and fear of jail and/or deportation back to Samoa, kept me from doing anything stupid and rash…oh, and I remember my grandmother telling me that to involve myself in kids’ shenanigans was like swimming against riptide…in 5 minutes they’ll be friends again and playing with each other as though nothing has happened, and I will forever be the wicked witch of the West, or the ‘hood!…your children are so cute! Love them…

    April 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm

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