Susie was a little mommy. It may have been that she had little sisters (and she got another one when she was nine years old -- Sandy). Or it just may have been the way God made her, to care for the small, the weak, or just anyone who needed loving. Each night, before Susie went to bed, she put all her dolls and toys to bed as well. Even if they were just on the floor, or on a chair, she couldn't bear the thought of them going through the night feeling cold. So she would cover them all up -- and be sure to get their feet nice and covered (because it's the worst to have cold feet while you are sleeping). If she didn't have enough blankets for them all, she'd use spare pieces of fabric or clothes. Once everyone was all tucked in, Susie could rest easy.
She was also very creative. Sometimes a little girl cannot fall asleep right away at night, even if she is actually tired. Sometimes she would be the only one having trouble falling asleep, and she would play this game while she waited. She would pretend that she was a queen, and the bed was her throne, and the whole bedcovers were her royal robes. They spread out from her in a wide, lovely flow, just like a queen's long gown should fill her throne room. This worked especially well when she was sleeping at her grandmother's house, in a big big bed with old fashioned bedcovers. Those worked very nicely with a stately touch that a queen's robe needed. She would lie very still so the dress would not get messed up, and imagine her throne room full of courtiers, and entertainers until she got sleepy enough to drift off. . .
Years later, when Sue was a mommy, she was still big on tucking her children into bed. Gretchen and Anna would call "Mommy, will you come tuck us?" if they had been in bed very long without her coming upstairs. And if there were any fears related with sleeping, she had creative ideas for how to overcome those keep-you-awakers. For instance, when Gretchen was afraid of housefires, her mommy told her that their cat Peaches, who always slept on the end of their bed was their own little fire alarm, and that was all the assurance she needed. She told all her girls the idea of pretending to be a queen, and it was a fun game for them to try as well. Read here for more ways Emily was helped by her mommy when she had a hard time sleeping.
Linking up with Mommy's Piggy Tales (and for those of you who are interested, also finishing my YAY posts this weekend: getting engaged and married!)