But back to the voting business. On the way home from this trip we are talking about supper when I heard DD saying something about me making pizza. Before I knew it, the little monsters were taking a vote. Even the one who still needs my help putting her on on a toilet and wiping her tush, was raising her hand and said, "Pizza! Pizza!"
So there I was, in the chilly winter wind, tired and outvoted, and, let me be absolutely clear, in no mood to make pizza. I looked at all three of them menacingly and asked to recount the votes. Again 3:1. Yep, I might be a screaming banshee from time to time, but I am not menace. No one's afraid of my evil eye. I didn't want to use "Because I said so" card just yet, so I asked, again the stroke of genius, "Out of the people present here, how many of you can make pizza?" DD raised her hand. So did the baby, but we disqualified her vote because we are ageists. "From scratch?!" I insist. Only one hand went up. Mine. "Out of the people who can make pizza, how many wish to make it tonight?" No hands went up, even the baby felt beaten.
"Chicken soup it is!" I looked at their little disappointed faces and acquiesced, "All right, with croutons." Even us, despots, have hearts. But we also have memories, and I distinctly remember who voted against me. (Please insert the look of menace as I am clearly unable to produce one. Thank you.)