“Is it my birthday yet?”
“Not today,” I answer.
“What can I get for my birthday?”
“Birthday Spankings,” I laugh, watching her eyes grow bigger.
“From everyone?” she answers, laughing as she playfully runs around the room, dancing to her favorite tune.
“From everyone who is here.”
We play around, cooking dinner for a while.
“Can I have birthday spankings early?” She laughs.
“Why would you want early birthday spankings, Goose?” I ask, laughing at her funny faces as she squishes up her nose.
“Because birthday spankings are fun. They’re full of love pats and a pinch to grow on. And I grow bigger and bigger and bigger with every one I get.” Elizabeth reaches up her arms and hugs me tight.
“You silly girl, if you grow too fast, I won’t be able to pick you up anymore.”
“But the Uncles can. They’re big and strong and they want me to grow up big, so I can play big kid games, like baseball.” She laughs when I swing her around.
“You already play baseball, you silly Goose. Besides, my birthday comes before yours!”