Rule #1 in the little sister handbook: Thou shall blame her older brothers for everything.
Case in point:
Abby’s mouth had been colored all around in yellow. Like a clown in thick make-up. It spread past her lips and to her cheeks. A burst of sunshine in the middle of her face.
“Why are your lips yellow?”, I asked her.
There she sat, with the crayon she used guiltily gripped in her hand, looking at me with a smirk on her face. I could tell she was thinking of an appropriate response, one that would take the focus away from her. Then, she remembered the rules from the sister handbook. “Um…”, she started, pausing. “I think Jedi did it.”
Normally, yellow is not the color of fire, but it could have been since Abby’s pants were in flames.
“Oh, you think he did?”, I stifled a laugh. “Even though you have the crayon in your hand and Jedi has been in his room?”
“Yep, Jedi did it”, she insisted.
On cue, Jedi emerged, seriously countering with his own version of events. “And Abby started lying now. Just great! Because I didn’t do anything!”
Rule #2 in the little sister handbook: Thou shall stick with the story, even when the truth is brightly colored all over one’s face. Which leads to rule #3: If thou is cute enough, thou just might get away with it.