So, the other day we were in Utah and I wanted to go to Pilates with my sister, Marlise, who has two adorable children she adopted from Haiti–Zoe, a three-year-old firecracker, and Watson, a sweet mellow 4-year-old. I asked George to watch all four of the kids so we could go. “No way,” he replied. I was expecting this and was prepared. “Sweetie, it will be fine. It will be a great opportunity for you to bond with your niece and nephew.” George is always a bit overwhelmed by my family I think, considering I have 21 nieces and nephews, five siblings and their spouses–and he has two brothers, unmarried with no children. I went to pick him up at the bookstore where he was working. He complained the whole way to my sister’s, bitterly, but I’ve learned to ignore him. We walked into my sister’s house, and Zoe immediately said, “Marci, Annabelle slapped me.” I said, “Annabelle!” even though I couldn’t believe Annabelle would do such a thing–it would be totally out of character, and I was right. It turns out that Zoe actually slapped Annabelle, but Zoe’s going through a phase where she blames others for the things she does before she can get into trouble. Needless to say, Annabelle burst into tears, and then when Watson informed us it was Zoe who had done the hitting, Zoe burst into tears, accompanied by ear-splitting screams, and George turned around and said, “No way. Take me back to the bookstore. I’m not doing this.””You’re going to be fine!” I said, and helped him sit down on the couch. Now, George is not an animal person (some of you may be wondering about our comraderie if you know about my love for children and animals, but what can I say? Opposites attract!) and my sister’s bulldog, Zeus, who is gorgeous but smells like a dog, came right up to him and started sniffing his knees and on up from there. George tried to shoo him away by waving his hands, but Zeus was too busy. I left for Pilates laughing my ass off, and shocker of all shockers, everyone survived and they even had fun! How I wish I had mounted a webcam before I left!