I was sitting down in the kitchen the other day when Sammi came stomping into the room with her big brother not far behind.
Sammi (outraged): "Daddy! I caught Forrest reading my diary!!!"
Me: "You have a diary?"
Sammi (seemingly close to tears): "Yes and it has all my personal secrets in it - and he snuck in my room and read it!!!"
Me: "You have secrets?!?"
Sammi: "Yes I have secrets!!! They are all in here!!!"
I looked at the "diary" in her hand - several pieces of construction paper stapled together. On the cover, handwritten in crayon it read:
"SAMMIS SUPPER SECERT DIERY!!!!! KEEP OUT AND DONT READ!!!!"
Me: "Forrest, did you sneak in Sammi's room and read her diary?"
Forrest: "Yeah. I'm sorry."
Me: "Don't tell me - tell your sister!"
Forrest: "I'm sorry Sammi. It won't happen again."
Me: "That was an invasion of your sister's privacy. Now go to your room until I tell you to come out and think about what you did."
After her brother dejectedly left the room, Sammi started smiling.
Sammi: "Thank you Daddy! That'll teach him!"
Me: "You don't seem sad anymore..."
Sammi: "Well, it's not like he read my real diary."
Me: "Real diary???"
Sammi: "Yeah. This isn't my real diary - it's a fake! It has fake secrets in it. My real diary has all my real secrets in it and no one will ever find that one."
With that she skipped out of the room - happy as a clam.
I'm really going to have to watch her when she becomes a teenager...