I had a hilarious conversation with Gar recently. He wants to be older than what he actually is. Even though he has just turned three, he keeps talking about being four years old. He also wants to be more senior in rank, so he was telling me that he wanted to be a kor kor (big brother). I cannot remember the entire conversation, but it should go something like this.
Gar: I want to be kor kor.
Me: But you do not have any didi or meimei (younger brother or sister). You need one in order to be a kor kor.
Gar: Ok, I want a didi or meimei.
Me: That means mummy must have a baby.
Gar: Yes, I want a baby brother.
Me: But Papa and I are not planning to have any more.
The thought of going through pregnancy and looking after a newborn was too much. The conversation became a little repetitive, with the both of us repeating similar things, so I decide to switch track.
Me: Ok, so if we have a baby, then you could be korkor.
Me: That means you have to move out of the bed and go to the kids’ room, because the baby will need to sleep with mummy on the bed.
Gar: (suddenly throwing a jealous fit) No! Hmph! I so angry with baby.
Me: Why are you angry? When you were a baby, you slept here so that I can feed you and look after you.
Gar: The baby can sleep in the kids’ room!
Me: The baby is very young and we need to look after the baby. You will be big enough to sleep on your own.
Gar: No! I so angry with baby. I don’t want baby brother anymore.
Me: Are you sure? Then you cannot be kor kor.
Gar: But I want!
Finally, I came up with a win-win solution for both.
Me: I know how you can be a kor kor and not have your place taken up by the baby.
Me: When jiu jiu (my brother) gets married and then have a baby, you will be kor kor.
Gar: Yay! I want jiu jiu to get married and have a baby.
So the ball is in my brother’s court.
When I spoke to my colleague, she said that her daughter told her she did not want any younger siblings. Her daughter is only 2! That shows that if we ever want to have more children, we should have them before our children can protest.