I was simultaneously amused and befuddled by the sign taped up on Reina’s bedroom door; two smiling boy faces in a circle with a line drawn. Clearly, a message was being sent to her unborn siblings – No Twins Allowed! In the past, Reina occasionally drew the twins with unhappy faces, so it warmed my heart to see them in a cheerful mood. However, Reina is marking her territory, so to speak, and letting them know that they are not welcome in her room. She explained that there are too many small things that they might try to swallow and that her brothers would make a mess of her room. Apparently, making a mess of her room is a privilege that only Reina and her friends are worthy of.
Happy as the twins might look, this drawing still vexed me as Reina recently told us that the twins should sleep in the bunk beds in her room so that she can sleep in our bed. When asked how the twins would be fed at night, she said that Mama could get up, go feed them in her bedroom, and then come back to bed to sleep with her. Truly a foolproof plan with the exception of the whole getting up and going to the other room to feed the twins part.
To sum up her argument, the twins can sleep in Reina’s bedroom, but they cannot stay and play there. Now it all makes perfect sense. We will simply ignore the fact that they are not even due to be born for another six weeks, that they won’t be playing with anything much for several months, and the only mess they will be making is mostly in their pants. All the same, I’m not going to argue with the logic of a 5 year-old since I do not want my face to end up on a sign taped to her bedroom door.
Photo by Christopher Lay.