I have sister that is super anal. She plans for the Holidays a year in advance. Me? I try to take things as they come. I plan but I'm not anal. This week my sister, my niece and I went out for some sushi. My second grader niece loves sushi. Me? I'd rather have a burger but whatever.
Sushi seems like a normal thing but not with my sister. She combines all of
her rolls of sushi in a ball and eats it. I'm mesmerized by how she can eat eel
and tuna together.
Anyways, mid bite of her tennis ball sized sushi she asked me about my New Year’s
resolution. It's only October. Seriously, are you really thinking of New Years
right now? So, I did what any sister would do, I gave her crap.
I took a bite of my cream cheese avocado roll and said with all seriousness,
"In January I'm quitting writing and I'm going to be a Princess at
My sister doesn't move. She stares at me so long I think that she's gone
into a coma.
I start to ramble on and on about my options. I tell her my sister that I
have dark hair like Belle and like to read, so that could be a perfect fit.
My niece is utterly rapt with this conversation but my sister is stunned.
So, I continue on with my prank. I take a sip of my lemon water and say,
"Alice in Wonderland is out because I'd probably get so fed up with the
Mad Hatter that I'd punch him. If all else fails, I have the assets to be Ariel
but the sea shells might give me hives. I dunno what do you think?"
My sister hasn't touched her food in five minutes. She can't speak.
However, my niece is so into this conversation. She adjusts her sparkly
headband and says with all seriousness, "Aunt Russo, Disneyland can't hire
Princesses that are 8 feet tall."
"I'm not 8 feet tall, I'm 6'2," I said, with surprise.
Well, now I'm flabbergasted. I want to prank my sister and my niece has out
I don't know what to say to my niece. The prank has died.
My niece continues to outsmart me. She chomps down on her lavender ice cream
and says, "If you want you could be Goofy."
My sister starts laughing hysterically at the comment. I just sit there
thinking, what age do we let our childhood die? My niece is in the second grade
and already she knows that Disney has a height requirement for their costumes.
Granted, she probably knows this because my sister is the ultimate buzz kill
My friends, I know there are some things that cannot happen. I would never
be a Disney Princess because I haven't the patience for it. Even so, we cannot
stop believing in the possibilities of life.