Friday, December 26, 2008

Giggling down Memory Lane

The Princess and Dad have developed a game: She touches his toes, he shrieks. He does this because he is extremely ticklish. Now she seems to think that shrieking upon having one's toes touched is simply Something People Do. (Once she was entertaining us at dinner thus: "Foot! Toes! EEK!" Over and over.) This causes some problems for Mom, who is not at all ticklish and thus doesn't react when somebody touches her toes. She came to Dad the other day saying, "I have a feeling she's trying to play a game with me and I'm not doing it right."

This whole thing with ticklish toes reminded me of the Tickle Monster, who has not visited this house in a good 10 years or so. (Actually, he's never visited this house, since we only moved here 4 1/2 years ago.) Tickle Monster used to chase Kitty and I all over the master bedroom, regularly capturing one or both of us on the bed and tickling us silly. We knew how to subdue Tickle Monster, though. Whichever of us was willing to take the risk would sit on him (thus risking being tickled to death), while the other one would go to his feet, take off his socks (and shoes, if necessary) and tickle his feet until he begged for mercy.

Good times, those.

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