It recently happened that they were playing with someone who had three American Girl dolls. So one morning as we were talking, the subject turned to the three American Girl dolls situation and Elizabeth indicated that she wanted another American Girl doll. In fact there was nothing else in the world that she wanted as much as another American Girl doll. But when I asked Carolyn if she'd like another doll, too, she shook her head and said, "Oh no - no - no - NO!"
"No thank you very much!"
Not that I'd actually purchase our children another two dolls for Christmas, but her response confused me, so I asked why. And in a very matter-of-fact voice she said, "Mom, they are so much work. Do you know how much work it is to care of two dolls? How could I ever do that?!"
(Note to self: taking care of two dolls is exhausting.)
Perhaps even more so, than taking care of four children who decided they didn't like the color "brick" and have been methodically coloring the bricks of our home in with pastel sidewalk chalk.