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February 19, 2007, Herald Journal

Casper the . . . mischievous ghost?

By JEN BAKKEN

Mysterious things keep happening around my home. This has been an ongoing dilemma in our family for years, and possibly in yours, too.

Items will disappear or be left lying around and no one knows who did it. The lights or TV will be left on, but there isn’t anyone around, and not one person in our family remembers anything.

One day, I came home and tripped over a whole bunch of toys on the floor. I asked, “Who made this mess?” (Sure wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve said that.)

From one room, I heard, “Wasn’t me!”

From another, I heard, “I don’t know!”

And, from yet another, I heard, “I didn’t do it!”

Sometimes, we as parents, have to pick our battles and I choose not to fight this one.

I told my children, “I think I’ve solved the mysteries of our home. It must be a ghost who comes here and likes to play tricks. He must think he’s pretty funny.”

Because this ghost visits our home so often, I had to give him a name, I decided “Casper the Mischievous Ghost” fit well.

It reminds me of the Family Circus Cartoons. They called their mystery prankster the “Not Me Gremlin.”

I have blamed Casper for so long that now, when I ask, “Who did this?”

The usual, “Wasn’t me,” “I don’t know,” and “I didn’t do it” is now followed by, “Must have been Casper!”

Naming the culprit lightened a frustrating situation and made for a few laughs, but it did not help solve the problem. I’ve decided that, from now on, every family member has to help when Casper is mischievous. Maybe then we will have less bothersome visits from Casper the Mischievous Ghost!

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher or anyone with a child in your life… there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done. Any of those endearing moments you love to share with others and people, like me, enjoy reading.

Here in Delano we are proud of our community, our schools and our children… why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

You can email your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com, fax them to 763-972-1029 or mail them to Tiny Tales, 430 Hwy 12 E. Suite 4, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328.