Reid announced at the supper table one night awhile ago that she was planning to marry A. I’d always imagined that the fellow in question would be present for the announcement – I didn’t expect that he would ask our permission, that’s too traditional – and that the two of them would be at least in their teens, though twenties or thirties would be better. I’m not sure that A is aware of the pending nuptials. I suspect that Reid chose A because he is the only boy who is shorter than her. Now many women choose a taller man but when you’re a 3.5 year old girl who has decided to marry a boy without his permission, it is good to choose one you can subdue.
Reid also said that she had a baby in her belly. As the meal progressed, the baby was growing so fast that Reid had to unzip her pajamas (don’t your kids wear pajamas at the supper table?) to accommodate her belly. She arched her back to make her little belly stick *way* out. I talked with Reid about how people usually got married before they had a baby. Statistically that might not be true but it’s still a worthy goal. I guess that Reid has taken very literally the rhyme:
Girl X and Boy Y
Sitting in a tree
First comes love
Then comes marriage
Then comes Girl X
Pushing a baby carriage.
We’ve spoken of Brianna and George’s wedding and also of Kathleen and Chris’. Each time Reid asks when the happy couple will have a baby. I’ve explained that the babies don’t always come immediately after the wedding but don’t be surprised if she checks to be sure. In that she’ll show she has inherited something from my side of the family.