Kate really loves me. All my children love me, but Kate really loves me.
Marko and I joke around with the children sometimes, we make them say who is the boss, or who is the better dancer / singer / parent whatever. Adam is always the diplomat, he will never pick a side. He either says both of us, or that he can't choose. Max is very fair-weather: whoever is the flavour of the moment (ie whoever has acquiesced to his demands) gets chosen as the best dancer / singer / parent etc. As for Kate; it is always me. I am always the bestest / most fabulous. Even though her father is SO super nice to her, Kate is always on my side. We say that as the only girls in the family, we have to stick together - we are a team. We bump heads a lot too, but I get her. I understand who the real Kate is, and I am very protective about her.
When the children were little, they used to say they were going to marry me one day. As the boys have gotten older, they have moved from marrying me, to marrying their future spouse but living with me, to marrying their future spouse but living close by. (Actually, Max has swiftly moved on. He is going to live in London to be near DanTDM but apparently I shouldn't be sad as he will visit me often). But not Kate. Kate has always said that she is going to marry me one day. Until the girls in her class laughed at her and told her that she can't marry her mother. Fine, she said, then she is never getting married, but she is going to live with me forever. I told her that is absolutely fine with me.
Our latest bumping-of-heads has been about a dog. Kate wants a dog that will live inside our house (THANKS GRANNY!!) I don't want a dog that lives inside our house. Forgetting about the plan to live together forever, I told her she can have an inside dog one day when she has her own house. She replied "Mom, I really want this to work, but this is affecting our relationship". (She really did say that!). So I said that when she was bigger and we lived together forever, we should design a house whereby she could have a dog that lived in her half, and I could have a pet free half. A few hours later, she came to me with a drawing of our future house on pieces of paper stuck together. Kate is super creative and has real talent in drawing, I so impressed by her house plans. She has designed a two bedroom house, one bedroom for each of us. The dogs (apparently there will be two) have their own play area. There's a pool and I even have an en-suite study with separate workstations. She has put details like a recessed wall with a garden feature between the rooms. She is such a sweet child. She is still very young for her age, Adam is far more mature than she is. My sweet little girl. I love her very much. I would be honoured to live in her beautiful house with her, together forever ❤.
PS We haven't actually discussed where Marko will live. I will have to gently enquire what the plans are for him when she wakes up tomorrow. Perhaps he can share the dogs' play room. I am sure we can fit another dog basket in there.