I DON'T WANT A NEW BABY

I DON'T WANT A NEW BABY

From Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul

I Don’t Want a New Baby

“I don’t want a new baby.”

This was my oldest son Brian’s response when I told him his father and I were expecting a third child. We’d survived the first round of sibling rivalry when his brother, Damian, was born. But now three-year-old Brian had made his stand about this new baby, and neither logic, reason nor persuasion could budge him.

Puzzled, I asked him, “Why don’t you want a new baby?”

With wide and teary eyes, he looked straight at me and said, “Because I want to keep Damian.”

Rosemary Laurey

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