Once upon a time there was a little girl with pink hair. I know, I know, you are thinking her name starts with an A or a V, but you would be wrong. You’re thinking of a grownup with delightful childlike qualities. This story is about a little girl, remember? ANYWAY! The little girl’s name was LuLu.
LuLu was a most adorable child. Her face was round. Her eyes were wide, blue and ringed with marvelously thick lashes. She had incorrigible dimples! She wore her rosey hair high in two soft puffs tied with rainbow ribbons. Always hoping to find a nice, splashy puddle, LuLu never went outside without her lavender overcoat and her favorite leopard print galoshes.
LuLu liked to go outside, but it didn’t happen very often. She was too sleepy. Everytime she even thought about going outside she would burp loudly and start to nod off. While other little girls tried to go to sleep and failed, she wanted to stay awake but couldn’t keep her lids up. Sometimes, LuLu even fell asleep while holding her mouth open for her mother, who helped her brush her teeth every night, “Lulu,”she would scold as she flossed the little bits of meat from between the bicuspids on the inner row, clucking, “Tsk. You shouldn’t eat so much, especially so close to bed. You are eating us out of house and home! We can’t keep a cook and the school says you won’t be able to come back if you can’t learn to control yourself.”
LuLu snapped back to consciousness with a snort and spit out her toothpaste.
“But Mama! I love school! And I excel at naptime!”
“LuLu, none of the other students can take a nap with you! According to their parents, most of them can’t sleep at night either. We are having quite a time smoothing things over. We may have to homeschool you. IF we can find a tutor who is willing. Really, LuLu, I don’t know what we are going to do with you.”
LuLu pouted. She was even more adorable when she pouted. Her pink pom poms drooped. “But Mom.”
Her mother extended an arm, handing LuLu her pajamas. They had a funny print on them; crocodiles with bowler hats, penguins doing penguiny things, robots eating ice cream cones and of course, rainbows!
LuLu gave her mother a goodnight kiss and let herself be tucked in tightly. The light was turned out and she heard the latch click, firmly securing the door. Her mother told her this was for her own good. LuLu sometimes walked in her sleep and wandered off looking for food in the middle of the night. Through the heavy wood she heard her mother sigh, “I know you try to get along with others, LuLu, but your classmates are all terrified of you!”
“I know, Mother.” LuLu answered solemnly, while in the dark she smiled, all four rows softly luminescent, “But I can’t help it. They are delicious!”
*I scribbled this out quickly, for my friend, A, also known as Victoria Victrola, who also suffers from insomnia ,because she requested a bedtime story. She didn’t specify if she wanted one to make her sleepy or to keep her awake. Oh well. This is a silly little tale, so I hope that does the trick.