The other day Oldest and I were chatting about camp, school, life, High School Musical and other topics of great importance to a 9 year old. We were having a lovely chat when she looked at me seriously and told me, "Mommy, I don't want to grow up. I want to be little and stay with you and daddy forever." Now this is nothing new. She, and the other two have been saying this for a long time. But this time she was so very serious. And this time, she is nearly as tall as I am. I can tell she doesn't like the fact that she is getting so big and can't easily curl up on my lap. She looks with envy at youngest who is still small.
"I never want to be apart from you!" Oldest announces.
"Well you say that now, but you might change your mind when you grow up," I say.
"NO! I will never change my mind!" she shouts. "I don't want to get married! I don't want to have babies! I just want to stay with my family forever."
"Oh that's so sweet," I say. "I should put that in a contract and make you sign it! Also put in a clause that you will never put Mommy and Daddy in a nursing home!"
"What's a contract?" Oldest asks.
"It's a legal document and it just puts in writing an agreement between people," I explain.
"But why would you need a contract?" Oldest asks suspiciously.
"Well I'd put it in your memory box to remind you of what you said. Cause people change their minds as they grow older."
"Well I said I wouldn't change my mind!"
"I know, hon, but you never know..."
"And what's a nursing home?" she asks.
"Don't worry about that sweetie, just agree that you will never put Mommy and Daddy in one and everything will be just fine."
"Well, a contract sounds like a good idea, but maybe you should also put in stuff about how much allowance I get and what my chores are and what the other girls chores are, you know?" Oldest asks.
"Uh huh," I mutter.
"I mean I should get more allowance as I get older, right? And when can I get my own phone? And when am I allowed to wear makeup? And what about Angus and Youngest? Don't they have to sign too? And I think you should put in that they are not allowed to play with my stuff unless they have my permission..."
"Ha Ha, I was just joking about the contract?" I cut her off. "Ha ha! Big joke! Forget I said anything. Just go play."
Later on I hear the three girls playing together when suddenly I hear Angus yell out, "What do you mean I have to give you my pokemon cards if I touch your stuff without your permission! I'm not signing that!"