While I was brushing my teeth one day this week, Michael bombarded me with questions…
Michael: Why did you have to adopt another girl? Aren’t there any boys out there?
Me: We adopted Riley because she needed a family. If a boy comes along who needs us, then we’ll adopt him, too.
Michael: But, where is she going to sleep? Where will she play? Where will she sit when we’re eating?
Me: I have a bed for her. We just have to get it out of the storage cupboard; and a new chair was just delivered yesterday, so she’ll eat right along with all of you. As for playing, I’m sure you’ll all make Riley feel right at home.
Michael: Come on Theo. Riley can go play with the girls. We’ve got boy stuff to do.
Chloe: No, Riley, you can’t put that chair in the bedroom. It goes in the living room. Here, I’ll do it.
Vera: So, let’s pretend all our princesses are going to a big party at the castle.
Chloe: Yeah, and they have to get ready.
Riley: Can my baby go to the party, too?
Sofia: Sorry, Riley. She’s too little. Maybe you can go play with Luna and Joy?
Riley: Can I help?
Joy: Sorry, Riley, you’re too little to do this puzzle.
Luna: Yeah, sorry, Riley, but it’s only for big kids like us. We’ll play with you tomorrow, okay?
Michael: Just ignore her, Theo. Maybe she’ll just go away.
Michael: Oh, all right…you can play cars with me and Theo, Riley.
Michael: Here, this red car is your size. Okay, Theo, watch out! My car is chasing your truck. You have to get away quick!
Riley: Zoom, zoom, zoom.
Michael: Hold onto him tight, Riley. Theo gets scared if you let him fall off.
Riley: I won’t let him fall. Vroom, vroom.
Me: Happy Mother’s Day everyone!