The Drama Llama has come to my house. You may not have heard of the Drama Llama, but I am sure you will recognise this wily beast after a while.
The Drama Llama sometimes comes at homework time, and when faced with a word that simply refuses to be spelled correctly, the Drama Llama rears up and declares that “it’s IMPOSSIBLE! I CAN’T DO IT” and then proceeds to burst into loud, wailing sobs, worthy of a traditional Greek mourner.
Other times the Drama Llama has spent all day cooking a beautiful meal and someone decides that they are not very hungry and the Drama Llama rants about how everyone can just go and eat Pot Noodles then, because they are Never Cooking Again.
Occasionally, there are 2 Drama Llamas in the house, which can result in the catastrophe escalating into epic proportions, involving tears, recriminations, much door slamming and refusing to apologise.
There is a way to deal with the Drama Llama. It’s not foolproof, as sometimes the Drama Llama is determined to be your house guest for a while, but here’s a tip.
Do not feed the Drama Llama.
If the Drama Llama is starting to get worked up about the recorder being impossible to play, calmly refuse to get into a discussion about finger positions, regular practice, and tackling easier pieces of music. Step away, and make a cup of tea. Do not feed the Drama Llama.
If fed, the Drama Llama can fly out of control, causing untold damage to your doors, furniture, pottery and mental health.
Stay calm, do not respond, offer assistance to the Drama Llama and then back away slowly.
Remember, DO NOT feed the Drama Llama and it will eventually run out of steam.