"Medicine is serious stuff. I never want to hear you call it that again."
"But Grandma..." our middle Grandlittle said, "I was..."
"Don't 'but Grandma' me on this. We do NOT call medicine HAPPY PILLS!"
"But Grandma..." she tried again, "It's just that..."
"Riley! Never again!" I said in my rarely used, super-stern Grandma voice.
This conversation occurred when Mr. Jenny and I were taking all three girls home from a soccer game. The oldest Grandlittle had complained that her arm was uncomfortable.
We had pulled the car over so I could try to get a pillow placed more comfortably under her sling.
During the process, Riley had suggested that I get her sisters 'Happy Pill' out of the trunk to make her feel better.
I kinda/sorta freaked out.
I wondered where in the world she had heard the hard-hitting narcotics prescribed to her sister to manage the pain of her horribly broken arm described in that way.
Riley kept trying to interrupt my lecture on taking medications seriously.
Impatiently, she finally said, "Grandma! Just let me show you!"
She unfastened her seatbelt and Mr. Jenny popped the trunk open.
She rummaged around for a minute in a duffel bag and then victoriously held up this...
"Look!" she said triumphantly, "A happy pill. You press here and it laughs."
The giggles from the little stuffed toy filled the air.
"Oh. Ummm... Okay. I gotcha," I stuttered.
Riley got back into the car and handed her sister the stuffed toy.
I put my visor down and looked at her in the little mirror.
She rolled her eyes at me. "Grandma, you know that was weird, right?"
"It wasn't weird. You have to take medications seriously, right? I mean..."
Riley rolled her eyes again, "Yes, Grandma, I know. You already told me. A lot of times."
"Okay, then," I said sternly, "I never expect that to happen again...like if it's not about a stuffed toy...you know...if it's about real medication...you know...like..."
Mr. Jenny reached over and put his hand over mine. "Okay, Grandma. I think we all got the point."
And if that wasn't bad enough, I had to listen to that ridiculous little "Happy Pill" laugh at me obnoxiously all the way home.