I thought it would be nice to invite Mama's Rapunzel and Eugene fashion dolls from the Disney Store. It is a movie about them, after all. And of course, I couldn't invite them without inviting Belle and Robby, since they were standing right there. I invited Ben, the snobby one, too, but he decided he'd stay with Marguerite and watch over Raoul.
As we were all getting settled in the living room, Maggie saw them and whispered to me, a bit loudly, "Who invited them?"
I looked over at her, trying to be brave. "I did." I said it as calmly and confidently as I could.
She turned the other way, a disgusted look on her face. "Hey Mama, could we maybe have some popcorn or something?" she asked.
Mama shook her head. "Sorry Maggie, but I'm afraid the sound and smell of popcorn might get the girls out here too. My oldest is having a hard time going to sleep."
Maggie looked sullen.
"It's okay, Maggie...we don't really need a snack," I said timidly, wishing I could put a smile on her face. "At least we get to watch a movie."
She made a face. "Thank you, Pollyanna."
I was hurt. "I'm just trying to help you have a good time. This should be a fun night, but you're going to make it miserable for everyone." I hesitated. "You...you don't have to watch the movie, you know. You could always go back and let the rest of us enjoy it." I turned bright pink. I couldn't believe I'd said that!
Maggie looked at me incredulously. I wasn't sure if what I'd said would help or just make her grumpier. Suddenly, she laughed. "Wow, Tess, I guess you do have some spunk." She looked down at her hands. "I know I've been grouchy. Just ignore me, okay? I want you to enjoy yourself." She looked back up at me fondly.