Monday, November 08, 2004

A Very Sad Baby

D1 is starting to develop her skills at parental manipulation. She has a special cry reserved for occasions when she is neither cold nor hungry nor tired, but simply wants to wrench her parents' hearts for the unpardonable crime of not letting her do what she wants. It is accompanied by a face that manages to communicate abject misery without losing any of its promise of adorability should its wish be granted. How a four-month-old baby, happy the moment before and the moment after, can muster up such a display of sadness is beyond us; if she continues with this skill, she has a great future in opera. But we are doing our best to ensure she does not have a great future in parent control, even if we have to take heart-hardening pills to do it.

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