Matthew: Daddy! Mummy's making a Christmas Wish List. What do you want from Santa?
Mark: A d-a-u-g-h-t-e-r
Luke: A dog?
Liz: Ha! No way, buster. Uh uh.
Matthew: What does he want, Mummy?
Liz: A daughter. Ha!
Matthew: A daughter?
Luke: A girl?
Mark: I have two boys. Don't you think a little girl would be a great addition to our family?
Liz: (telepathically, to Mark): You. are. insane.
Matthew: A sister?
Liz: A sister for you and Luke. Would you like a sister?
Matthew: Uh...not really. I like being just Matthew and Luke.
Liz: Me too, Matthew. I don't want another baby, either.
Luke: No sisters. No babies.
Poor Mark. Another dream, dashed.
To Matthew, I whispered, "Tell you what, though. We can buy Daddy a baby dolly - a girl one. And that can be his daughter, OK?"
Matthew (laughing uproariously): Okay, Mummy! Let's buy Daddy a daughter!
|"Welcome Home, Baby Emily" |
An Ashton-Drake Doll
So, to the McLennan Christmas Wish List, I added two things:
1. Baby Girl Dolly
Guess it's true, what the sign on our wall says:
"Remember, as far as anyone knows, we're a nice, normal family..."
Sigh. More fodder for the therapists, I say.
And you? What sort of crazy stuff is your family up to, these days?