3. Day 3: All In A Day's Work (Lothiriel, Elfwine, brief cameo by Eomer)
"My lady, are these the right fabric samples for the dresses?"
"My lady, we are fast running out of apples in the kitchen. Should I send for more, or would you like us to make different flavor tarts?"
"My lady, I cannot remember the recipe—how does it go?"
(Elfwine, dear, just wait one second—No, do not climb there!)
"Thiri, is my shirt-collar straight? Yes, I can kiss you in payment of this favor…"
(Elfwine, that is not for eating. Ugh, a bug!)
"My lady, are we to prepare the rooms in the adjoining house as well? How many guests are we talking of, exactly?"
(Are those cobwebs behind that sconce?)
"My lady, here are the lists that you asked for."
"Yes, my lady, kissing under the mistelto is a tradition in The Mark as well. Can we put some more at the entrance to your quarters? The King will be most pleased…"
(No, Elfwine, do not touch the prickly plant. Elfwine!)
"Thiri, Thiri… love? Could you translate this Sindarin fragment for me? I suspect it may be a joke from one of your brothers."
(If I do not finish this hem, Elfwine will have no clothes to wear for Yule)
(If I do not finish that cuff embroidery, Eomer will have no shirt to wear for Yule)
(Oh, the gifts! I have not chosen gifts yet—)
"My lady, how about these flowers for the table? Oh. I was not aware that they attracted worms—no, we most definitely do not want that."
(Elfwine, my child! Please, do not—who would leave swords lying around like this?)
"My lady, I have aired the tapestries like you asked. Should I dust the carvings now?"
"My lady, there is a sudden situation in the kitchens…"
"Elfwine! That is flour you are playing with!"
It is so easy to feel worn when your child creates even more work for you; but, when Lothiriel picks Elfwine up and he snuggles against her and calls, "Ma-Ma-Ma-Ma," all the weariness suddenly disappears (although now she has to clean a baby, change clothes, and send to wash a flour-and-sweat-stained dress).
Notes: Since "mistelto" is the Middle English form of mistletoe, I though it probably was not as far-fetched to think of using mistletoe for this story. I hope you will forgive the stretch of canon.