The scene: Mommy and daddy's room. A rocking chair with a small pillow for back support.
The players: Tadpole, Daddy.
The time: just before bedtime. Teeth have been brushed, pajamas donned. All is in readiness for a final story and climb into bed.
Tadpole: <grabs pillow> "I'm going to take this for bedtime.
Daddy: "No, that's mommy's pillow. Leave it please."
Daddy: (terrified, quiet) "shhh ... We just put your sister in her crib. You have to be quiet."
Enter Mommy. Discussion ensues. Mommy clarifies that the pillow is Tadpole's, has been on a long-term loan.
Mommy: "You were so nice to let me keep the pillow. May I continue to use it?"
Mommy: "But it helps my back."
Daddy: "Without the pillow, mommy's back really hurts. Can she use it?"
Tadpole: <sets down pillow>. <goes to bed, picks up a full size pillow from the bed>. <deposits on chair>. <proudly reclaims original small pillow>. "You use that one mommy."
Mommy: (giggling). "OK kiddo. Thank you. Are you saying I need to make a new pillow?"
Tadpole: "Daddy, tomorrow when you are making coffee and milk, I'm going to be sewing mommy a new pillow."
Tadpole: "Yes. I'm going to do the sewing, but not the pins part because pins are sharp. Mommy can you do the pins part and I will do the sewing when daddy makes coffee?"
All: <dissolves into happy giggles, hugs>. "I love you."