Sarah has always enjoyed playing good guys and bad guys with her big bro. She was the one being carted off to jail with her hands tied in a jumprope every time they played. She moved on to having her stuffed animals be the bad guys and I was to tie up their front paws and she would sentence them to jail. Then she asked if I could tie up all four paws cause they were so "bad". After tying so many paws up during the course of a day I wondered if I could someday grow up to be a real wrangler and I liked to time myself and hoot and holler as I could usually beat 7 seconds. WHOOOO HOOOO GIT ALONG LITTLE DAWGIES!! Sarah's addiction to this game really took a turn when she needed me to tie up her dollie's hands. We were graduating to the hard stuff. I obliged her. I started feeling a little uncomfortable tying her dolls hands and feet however but yes, I will help you my dear. Run along and have fun! Not long after she asked if I would tie her doll around the hands and the neck and I did. What was I thinking? I started finding dolls hung from many of the doorknobs in the house and Daddy would hang some from the cupboard drawer pulls when he got home. I sat down, took a breather and looked around. I realized it looked like a freaky kind of gallows. Being 13 weeks pregnant at the time, I became disgusted at how far this game had gone......Sarah needed help. I thought of putting her in some kind of 12 step group. "Hi, my name is Sarah and I hang my dollies." "Hi, Sarah."
I put a stop to it. I had lynched my last doll. The game was over, the jig was up.
When I asked her what was the purpose of all of this madness she said, "I only wanted to swing em."
I can only shake my head once again. But my head shaking I think is really a nervous tic that is mandatory for a stay at home mom. If you don't have your tic yet, don't worry, its on the way.