Mar 30, 2010
Are You The Favorite?
All the Baird children not at BYU or on a mission in Estonia, namely,Miriam, Amanda, Tatiana, Natalie and Joe, think that my favorite child is Joe. I am very curious about this. What determines a favorite? What makes other people think something is your favorite? I mean if one has a favorite child they at least know better than to wander about declaring whenever they can that "so and so is my favorite." So I am interested in why the other kids have decided that this is the case. Because I am totally, 100% sure they don't know.
A favorite is defined as,"something liked or preferred above all others...especially by a superior."
Joe chases his sisters with his air-soft guns....this is not my favorite.
Joe considers his laundry basket to be his closet.....this is not my favorite.
Joe can lose his temper very quickly...this is not my favorite.
Joe has a ton of allergies which means that feeding him proves to be a very difficult task......not my favorite.
Joe tells me a lot of things.....definitely my favorite.
Joe wears the same two shirts all the time.....not my favorite.
Joe will play Playmobil for hours with the little girls......definitely my favorite.
Joe knows when to save his money and when is the moment to spend it.......definitely my favorite.
Joe loves to go to church activities and never fusses about attending them.....definitely my favorite.
I could write a similar list for all 7 children in this house. I like some things about each of them and strongly dislike some other things about them. I honestly can say that I do not have a favorite Baird child.
But I have been asking around and I have discovered that everyone I ask who has more than two children in their family declare that their parents definitely had/have a favorite. And believe me these people know without a doubt who the favorite was.
It is hard enough for me to pick my favorite ice cream let alone my favorite child. But it does bother me that they think there is a favorite. I wonder what I do that makes them think Joe is the favorite? Definitely love this parenting gig :)