It breaks my heart every time my daughter tells me that one of her babies is upset and crying because the baby doesn’t have a Mommy and Daddy.
“But Clara, you can be her Mommy,” I’ll say.
Then Clara will look at me as if I have two heads and reply, “I’m not a Mommy. I’m Clara.”
Don’t most kids take on the role of mother in these situations?
In order to mitigate some of their suffering, Clara has begun reconfiguring the relationship web amongst her babies, assigning the role of mother to the larger dolls and connecting each large doll to a small one.
Still, some of her babies are still orphans, including Baby Lily, who Clara told me this morning is “so sad that she doesn’t have a Mommy or Daddy. What will she do, Daddy?”
What the hell am I supposed to do? Run out and buy a Mommy doll for Baby Lily?
If Clara keeps this up, I just might.