Oh, if it were only so easy as when we were three years old.
As I mentioned earlier, my son Samuel is a Thomas the Tank Engine freak. If you are not particularly familiar with this program, then you may not understand the humor of this little anecdote. Thomas has many friends who are also train engines of various colors. Thomas and Gordon are blue. Percy and Henry are green. James is red. There are many others, but since they don't yet live at my house in toy form, I'm not familiar with them.
The other day, while sitting in the van with Sam, I took the opportunity to ask him how he was feeling. I know how Steve and I are feeling, so I wanted to check in with my son.
So I asked, "Sam, how are you feeling?"
He responded, with eyes down and his lower lip quivering, "Sad."
I said, "Why are you sad?"
He looked me dead in the eye and said, "Because I wanted a baby."
I could have cried...but I didn't. I had a lightbulb moment...this would be the perfect opportunity to open a dialogue with my child.
So I asked, "If we had another baby, would that be OK?"
You know what he said with a big smile? "Yeah! Let's have the red Alex."
I tried not to laugh and cry all at the same time...so much for my lightbulb moment.