Had It Tickled Into Her

, , , , | Related | February 27, 2018

(I am babysitting my two-year-old niece. There has been an incident in the news where a child was touched inappropriately, and it has affected me more than I expected. I watch my niece, as she plays with her toys.)

Me: “You know, [Niece], if someone touches you and you don’t want it, just say, ‘Stop it,’ and they have to listen to you.”

(My niece doesn’t really respond and continues playing. I figure she is too young, and I am once again being an overprotective aunt. A few hours later, my parents come home — my niece’s grandparents. After dinner, my dad decides to play with my niece.)

Grandfather: “Tickle, tickle, tickle!”

(My niece doesn’t respond, so grandfather continues. Suddenly:)

Niece: “Stop it!”

Grandfather: “Tickle, tickle, tickle!”

Niece: “Stop it!”

Grandfather: “Oh? Can’t I tickle you anymore?”

Niece: “No.”

Grandfather: “All right. Then, what should I do?”

Niece: *in a tone where you can just hear her mother speak through her: low and articulating quite well* “List-en!”

(My father was baffled, while my mother and I couldn’t stop laughing. My niece can’t remember how she taught my father a valuable lesson, but we three do!)

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