Recently, I was surprised to see my little niece had brought along a friend when she got in my car.

Recently, I was surprised to see my little niece had brought along a friend when she got in my car.

Now this wasn’t strange in itself as she carries a doll around with her like many little girls. But, she was going to day care. So, I said, "What are you going to do with the doll? You can’t take it to day care, right?"

"I am not going to take her to day care, but she needed her diaper changed and I wasn’t finished," she said. As she said that, she started pulling all kinds of stuff out of the doll’s diaper bag.

"I was wondering why she was naked," I said, "but you still haven’t answered my question about what happens when we get to day care. You can’t take her in there."

At this the little one who holds my heart wrapped around her little finger looked at me like I had just asked the most ridiculous question ever and said, "You are going to have to baby-sit her."


"Yes. You can keep her, and then I will get her when you come and pick me up."

"It is very hot in the car, and I am not sure if she will fare very well."

"You can’t leave her in the car," she said with such a horrified look on her face that I almost laughed out loud. "You have to take her with you."

I was going to Commissioners Court that day, and I could just see myself walking in there with a baby doll in tow.

"I don’t think that will happen," I said in a voice that I hoped meant business to her. "I think I will put her in the trunk. It is cooler in there."

"OK," she said. With the discussion of where LaLa would be spending her morning over, I thought I was out of the doll care business. However, just a few short minutes later we stopped to drop off my sister-in-law, and my doll saw someone she wanted to say hello to.

Quicker than most could bat an eye, the soon-to-be second grader handed me her doll and said, "You have to feed her because I have to go give hugs."

Happy birthday Friday to David Strasner, Derrick Dunlap, Elizabeth Wilson, William Hughley and Wanda Reichert, all of Sherman; Larry Michael Trey Ertel of Wylie; Dhana Johnson of Louisiana; Melody M. Walters of Plano; and Patricia Blacknell of St. Louis.

Happy birthday Saturday to Sarah Somers, Karissa Cox, and Lizzie Briggs of Sherman; Carmen Thomas of Gunter; Janet Reynolds of Wichita Falls; David Mac Lawhon of Arlington; Carrie Cole of Denison; Lyla Joy Butler of Frisco; and Ze’Quan Walker.

Happy anniversary Saturday to Keith and Karol Hughes of Gordonville, 44 years; Mike and Erica Pleasant of Sherman; Lawrence and Tammy Williams of Sherman, 8 years; McKinley Spruce and Mary Lynn Keller of Sherman, 34 years; and Ernest and Lois Wigington of Denison, 45 years.