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    A Hairy Conundrum

    | France | Aunts & Uncles, Children, Nephews & Nieces, Theme Of The Month

    (I always wear my hair in a short pixie haircut, yet I’m definitely not bald. My very young niece is a strong believer in princesses, long hair and pretty pink dresses.)

    Niece: “Auntie?”

    Me: “Yes, dear?”

    Niece: “How did you lose your hair?”

    Needs To Transform His Tastes

    | Charlotte, NC, USA | Children, Friends, Siblings

    (My sister and best friend are working a family festival. Their job is to take pictures of the kids and print them out for the parents. A little boy comes up to my sister wearing an Autobot t-shirt.)

    Sister: “Oh wow, I love your shirt bud! Who’s you’re favorite autobot?”

    Kid: “Soundwave!”

    Sister: “Oh… that’s cool.”

    (My sister takes the picture and the kid leaves. She then turns to my friend.)

    Sister: “Soundwave is totally a Decepticon.”

    Best Friend: “He’s your brother’s favorite.”

    Sister: “I know!”

    Sizing Up Your Siblings

    | New Zealand | Children, Siblings, Theme Of The Month

    (I’m out shopping, when I hear this conversation between an adult, and a little girl with her brother in a pram.)

    Adult: “Aren’t you a good big sister?”

    Girl: “I’m not a big sister; I’m just a middle-sized sister.”

    Maximum Warp To Krypton

    | OR, USA | Children, Theme Of The Month

    (I am meeting the daughter of one of my best friends for the first time. At this point, she is about one and a half. I buy her a plush USS Enterprise from ‘Star Trek,’ which prompts her father and I to discuss who was better, Kirk or Picard.)

    Me: “Kirk!”

    Friend: “Picard!”

    Me: “There is only one way to settle this; let’s ask your daughter. Sweetie, who is better, Kirk or Picard?”

    Friend’s Daughter: “Super Kirk!”

    (We both have to agree with that!)

    Not The Fastest In This Race

    | UT, USA | Siblings

    (After spending the afternoon with my mom, and older sister and her two kids, we go to a local restaurant for dinner. My husband, who worked that day, meets us at the restaurant. He also happened to park our car right next to my mom’s car. As a family, we do a lot of bike races, triathlons, etc. so we have stickers all over our cars from our past races. Driving into the parking lot, my sister spots something.)

    Sister: “Hey, that person did [local women’s only bike race] and [other women’s only bike race]!”

    Me: “[Sister], you know that is my car, right?”

    Sister: “…that makes sense…”

    Raining On Her Parade

    | WA, USA | Children, Sons & Daughters, Theme Of The Month, Top

    (We are on a fairly long car ride. Our five-year old daughter is amusing herself by playing ‘I Spy.’ Unfortunately her version is slightly irritating to my husband, who’s driving. Our three-year-old son is also playing.)

    Five-Year-Old: “Mummy, what comes after tree?”

    Me: “What?”

    Five-Year-Old: “What does tree start with?”

    Me: “Oh, ‘T.'”

    Five-Year-Old: “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ‘T.'”

    Me: *trying to play along* “Umm, train?”

    Five-Year-Old: “No!”

    Me: “Trail?

    Five-Year-Old: “No!”

    Three-Year-Old: “KITTY!”

    Five-Year-Old: “No [three-year-old’s name]!”

    Me: *trying to keep the peace* “Tree?”

    Five-Year-Old: “Yes!”

    (This continues on for a few more things, with our three year old interjecting ‘Kitty’ and ‘Puppy’ at varying intervals.)

    Five-Year-Old: “Mummy, what comes after clouds?”

    Three-Year-Old: *in a very serious tone* “Rain.”

    (My husband bursts out laughing and I am able to convince our daughter to play a different game.)

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