“I know,” her mother said. “I grew up with brothers too.”
“They always break my toys and they won’t be careful with my dolls. Sometimes I wish I could live on the ceiling so they can’t reach me.”
“Be careful what you wish for,” her mother answered.
Suddenly Sophia’s three brothers ran into the room, knocked her over and stepped on her favorite doll.
“See what I mean,” Sophia said rolling her eyes.
Sophia walked into her bedroom and slammed the door. Then she put her doll into a backpack, strapped it on her shoulders and tried to find a way to get on the ceiling. First she grabbed the bar in her closet and started walking up the wall until she flipped over. Suddenly everything went black.
When Sophia woke up she was stuck on the ceiling living her life upside down. She saw her three brothers below her trying to jump up and touch her. But she was safe at last.
“No more broken toys and squished dolls,” Sophia said. “This is wonderful.”
First she walked over to the upside down light fixture, sat down and decided to have a tea party with her doll without any rude interruptions.
“Sophie, Sophie,” come back down. “We miss you,” her brothers yelled from below.
Sophia pretended she could not hear them. She was having a delightful time with her doll and not one single brother knocked her over. When she got bored, Sophia took a nap next to her doll by flipping over the curtains at the window for her blankets.
“It looks like you’re having a nice time up there,” her mother said when her brothers pulled her into the room.”
“Tell her she has to come down and play with us,” Sammy said. “It not fun without Sophie.”
“Sophia will come down when she is ready to come down,” her mother answered.
When her father came home from work, he walked into Sophia’s bedroom, scratched his head and said. “How are you doing that?” he said. “You can’t live forever upside down.”
“Actually,” Sophia answered. “From where I sit, you are the one who is upside down. I’m right side up on the ceiling.”
“Oh,” her father said. “I never thought of it that way.”
When it starting getting dark, Sophia pulled the curtain back over herself and went to sleep. When she woke up, her mother was staring at her and she was back in her old bed.
“Oh, I’m so glad you are alright,” her mother said. “You had me scared when you fell on her head in your closet.”
“Have I been living upside down?” Sophia asked.
“You might put it that way,” her mother answered. “You guys can come in now.”
Suddenly Sophia was covered and smothered with brothers, lots and lots of brothers hugging and kissing her.
“We’re so glad you are alright,” her brother Sammy said. “We were worried about you. We love you Sophie.”
“I guess brothers aren’t so bad after all,” Sophia answered.