We had venison burgers before Christmas. Yum. My dad, uncles and cousins hunt and my dad makes the burgers himself. While we were eating them I told Sadie and Holly that Grandad had made the burgers. This sparked an argument as Sadie insisted that she had seen me make them. My saying that I cooked them but Grandad had actually made them fell on deaf ears. She just kept saying, "I saw you making them." I couldn't convince her.
Sadie and Holly have little model dinosaurs. When I told Sadie that dinosaurs had sharp teeth and nails and were really dangerous and then showed her part of a documentary on TV she retaliated with "these are friendly dinosaurs." I couldn't convince her.
Sadie wishes happy birthday to practically everyone she talks to in the hope that it will be their birthday and she'll get to have some cake. Martin is constantly greeted with these wishes and we are constantly saying that it's not his birthday. On a recent trip to Tesco Sadie asked if we could get the ingredients for making a cake "with a strawberry on top." When I just smiled at her instead of confirming that we would get that stuff she added, "for Daddy's birthday." In her three years she has never seen Martin get a birthday cake but I have a feeling that this will change once Sadie works out the order of calendar events.
So we came home and made shortcake biscuits and put cream on them and strawberries on top. When I say "we" I mean I made them. Having eaten most of the pastry before it was cooked and being distracted by a fly who was at first a "lovely little buzzy flyin' fly" but who was soon being chased by small girls with rolling pins Sadie and Holly had all of the fun of the baking with none of the work. When all but one little shortcake circle had been scoffed I took the plate away and said we'd keep it for Martin since his notbirthday had been the reason we had made them. Sadie bargained with, "just one little half for me and one little half for Holly" and "it's not fair, I made them." I reminded her that she had wanted to make them for Martin's birthday and she said, "you said it's not his birthday." As you can see Sadie is open to being convinced, just as long as it suits her purpose. She and Holly got to eat Martin's cake. It could be your birthday we're celebrating tomorrow (by not giving you any cake).