Dear Tante Camilla,
My four year old sleeps with us and I’m about at my wit’s end. He’s all over the bed kicking and pushing and flip-flopping everywhere. My husband and I have tried everything to get him to sleep in his own bed but I just don’t have the heart to listen to him crying. Do you have any advice on this?
Need a bigger bed
Dear Need a bigger bed:
Well the lady at the Gazette just told me that all these crazy names aren’t really y’alls names. People just use that so nobody knows who they are. She could have told me that sooner. I must look like a real couyon.
Anyway, bonjour mes amis. This is Tante Camilla ready to give you some advice. So venez ici and écoutez.
First of all, beb, let me tell you a little story about ma petite fille. Oh mon Dieu, that child was gâté [spoiled]. From the time she was born all she did was cry, cry, cry if we didn’t hold her. We even used to have to put a little whiskey on her nu-nuc to make her sleep sometimes. Well, we let her sleep in the middle of us because otherwise I’d have to walk the floors all night with her to keep her from crying.
Well it didn’t end anytime soon. She ended up sleeping in the middle between me and my husband until she was 16 years old. That girl, can you believe that? It’s true! Then she got married and moved in with her husband and never slept between us again.
Now when I look back and I see how lonely it is in my house by myself since my husband passed, Lord rest his soul, I would give anything to have the three of us crowded in that bed. So it might seem like you’re passing a bad time right now but it passes fast, fast. And before you know it, your son is going to be out the house with his own wife and you gonna wish you could turn back the clock.
Maybe I didn’t tell you the answer you wanted, but maybe I told you the answer you needed to hear.
Well, that’s all for now, I guess. When I get another question you’ll get another answer.
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Posted on Fri, August 26, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette