“We’re not naked,” Tracey assured our kids over their protests.
“Speak for yourself,” I said even more loudly.
“DAD!!!” came a chorus from our troops.
I love, Love, LOVE when I can play them like my hollaback girls.
I’d been lying in bed reading and had decided to let Tracey in on a really good idea I’d just had.
She’d been editing photos at her computer only four meters away, but I’d decided instead of bellowing down the bus I’d quietly message her.
I typed Spoon? and pressed send, hearing it ping suggestively onto her computer screen.
Her chair scraped loudly even as her reply came back to my phone with its own cheerful ping.
I read, Fork yeah! and grinned happily.
If there’s anything more wonderful than having someone who will drop everything just to press themselves into you and sigh with the satisfaction of a truly appreciated and contented life I don’t know what it is.
But then there’s a lot of stuff I don’t know.
Case in point, I was completely in the dark how everyone in the family was at that moment on one of several of the family’s electronic devices linked to our Messenger accounts.
“I saw that,” Miss14 shouted over her shoulder from the front of the bus.
“Me too,” Miss8 added from the dinning table.
I was about to ask how they saw a Facebook message when they were supposed to be doing their Mathspace work, but things escalated too quickly.
“I know what it means,” said Miss8. Miss6 wanted details. “It means they’re going to get naked and make a baby.”
“Yay!” squealed Miss6. And then, because she’s been playing a lot of Sims4 lately, “Can they make me twins?”
Despite my attempts to fill our children with dread, Tracey assured them we weren’t naked.
“OMG, that means she checked,” said Master13, covering his ears. “Just stop talking.”
Like that was ever going to happen. Not even sleep can stop my wife from saying what’s on her mind some days.
“Spooning just means we’re going to snuggle,” she explained. “It means we’re going to hug. It’s what couples do.”
“So you’re saying I was wrong about the naked bit?” said Miss8.
Tracey assured her there were many, many layers of clothes between my skin and her own.
“Well, that’s the first bit sorted,” Miss14 said to her siblings.
“And she didn’t deny the second bit at all,” nodded Miss11 cheekily, totally catching on to the point her big sister was making. “So I wonder, does that mean Mum’s pregnant already?”
“Yay!” squealed Miss6 again, even as Tracey and I took in a lungful of air to make some noise ourselves.