All Girls, No Boys
It was Saturday, November 8, 2003, and it was in the evening. In their lit bedroom, Steve’s parents were getting ready for bed. They both just got done making up the bed and started lying down. Then Anna went ahead and asked her husband a question.
“Hey, can I ask you something that has been on my mind a lot lately?”
“How much are you rooting for us to have a girl?”
“Even though we gave birth to four consecutive boys, it doesn’t really matter to me. And it never did with our other kids.”
“I kind of want a girl this time.”
“And why is that?”
“Because it would be nice to not be in a male-dominated house all the time. And I’d have at least one immediate family member who would share the same gender as me. I mean, think about it. If it’s a girl, we could go out to the mall together, go shopping together, get our nails done together. You know, female stuff.”
“Well, who knows?” “You might get lucky this time.”
“Yeah, maybe. And maybe our boys can finally have a sister.”
“And what if it’s a boy?” “Keep in mind that this will be our last kid.”
“Well, then I guess it was just never meant to be.”
“Well, we’ll see what happens. Good night, honey.”
“Okay, good night.”
Then Kevin Sr. went ahead and turned off the lamp that was sitting on an end table near the bed. And as a result, the room was completely dark. Kevin Sr. began falling asleep. Anna began falling asleep after her husband. After both parents fell asleep, Anna began dreaming. And the dream was related to the conversation Anna had earlier with her husband.
It was Monday, November 10, 2003. In what was Steve and Kevin’s bedroom outside of the dream, the alarm clock went off. Then the alarm clock was taken care of. Then a girl, who was in sixth grade, sat up on her bed to stretch and yawn. That girl went ahead and got out of bed. Then a girl, who was in fourth grade, sat up on her bed to stretch and yawn. Then that girl got out of her bed.
“Ugh! It’s Monday already?! I wish Sunday was still here!” Stephanie (fourth grader) exclaimed.
“No worries, little sis! Four more days and the weekend will be here again before you know it!” Kate exclaimed happily.
Then both girls went ahead and started getting ready for school. Moments later, all the daughters were almost ready for school. The school bus was heard from outside, and Anna looked outside.
“Kate, your bus is outside!” Anna exclaimed.
“And here’s your lunch, young lady.”, Kevin Sr. spoke with a lunchbox in his hand.
Kate got the lunchbox from Kevin Sr. “Thanks! Now I’m off to knowledge land!” “Again.” “Bye!” Kate began leaving the apartment complex.
“We’ll see you later, Kate! Get good grades! Make us proud parents!” Anna exclaimed.
Kate got on the school bus and the school bus drove off. Then another school bus went ahead and arrived to pick up the elementary school girls.
“Okay, the school bus just arrived for the rest of you ladies!” Anna spoke.
“Thanks, Dad!” Stephanie spoke as she got her lunchbox.
“Thanks, Dad!” Cindy spoke as she got her lunchbox.
“Thank you very much!” Mandy spoke as she got her lunchbox.
Then the remaining three girls all went ahead and began leaving the apartment complex.
“You girls have a wonderful day at school today! Don’t try anything I and your father would disapprove of!”
Anna went ahead and saw the school bus drive away to school.
Kevin Sr. went ahead and walked up to Anna and spoke.
“Our girls are growing up so fast.”
“They sure are.” “Where is the time going?”
“Well, time for both of us to start getting ready for work.”
Then Kevin Sr. and Anna went ahead and began getting ready for work.
Later that Monday, it was in the evening. I and Stephanie were watching professional wrestling in her bedroom. Anna walked by the bedroom door, which was already open. Anna walked back to the bedroom door and spoke.
“Hey, Steph. I was thinking maybe we could go to the mall this weekend to hang out and do some shopping together. And while we’re out, maybe we could also get our hair and nails done, eat out, talk about boys, etc. You know, girl stuff.”
“Mom! Could you please be quiet?! Monday Night Raw is on!”
Then I and Stephanie went ahead and continued watching WWE Monday Night Raw.
“Okay, if that’s what you want, that’s completely fine with me. I know when I’m not wanted.”, Anna spoke with disappointment in her voice.
“Sorry about that. Our Mom can be a little annoying sometimes.”, Stephanie told me.
Anna went ahead and walked into the living room and saw Kate watching WWE Monday Night Raw. “So, this weekend, I was thinking that maybe we could hang out together. Just the two of us. Mother and daughter. We could go shop at the mall, get something to eat, get our hair and nails done, and talk about boys.”
“Mom! This episode is starting to get good! I’m kind of not in the mood for talking right now if you don’t mind!”
Kate continued watching WWE Monday Night Raw. And Anna felt more disappointed now that her oldest daughter wasn’t interested in spending time with her. “Fine, I’ll leave you to your wrestling.” Then Anna went ahead and left the living room feeling sad and disappointed. Then Anna walked into Cindy and Mandy’s bedroom. Inside that bedroom, Cindy and Mandy were coloring. And Anna began speaking.
“Hey, you two!” “What are you girls coloring?”
“I’m coloring an ocean.”, Cindy told her.
“And I’m coloring the sky.”, Mandy told her.
“Hey, is it okay if we all hang out together this weekend?” “Just the three of us. We could go to the mall, do some shopping, get something to eat, get our hair and nails done, and talk about boys.”
“Okay. Sure, Mom.”, Cindy spoke as she was coloring.
“It would be my pleasure.”, Mandy spoke as she was coloring.
“Okay, great! Then I guess it’s settled! Alright, well, I guess I’ll see you two this Saturday!” Anna spoke happily as she was leaving the bedroom. Then Anna was outside the bedroom. “Yes!” she exclaimed happily. Then Anna went ahead and walked away from the bedroom.
Later, Steve’s parents were getting ready for bed in their lit bedroom. After the bed was made up, Steve’s parents began lying down. And Anna spoke.
“Hey, do you mind if I ask you about something?”
“Okay, ask away.”
“How much are you rooting for us to have a boy now that I’m about three months pregnant?”
“It doesn’t really matter to me. And it never mattered to me with our first four kids. So, I’m not rooting for either gender.”
“Well, no matter what kind of trouble a girl could be, I’m rooting for another daughter.”
“Are you sure you don’t want our girls to finally have a brother?”
“Well, don’t get me wrong. It’d be fine with me if we do get a boy. But boys can be so rough, mean, and immature.”
“I know exactly what you’re saying, Anna. But they’re boys. They are supposed to be rough. I’m from the stronger gender and you’re from the weaker gender. And that’s just the way God intended it to be.”
“Yeah, I guess you do make a good point. Also, I asked Kate and Stephanie whether they wanted to hang out with me this weekend. Then they just treated me as if I was nothing but a complete stranger to them.”
“Well, they are getting older. Pretty soon, they aren’t gonna wanna hang out with their Mom anymore. Especially when they both become teenagers.” “I mean, think about it.” “Did you ever wanna hang out with your Mom when you were a teenager?”
“No, I did not. However, Cindy and Mandy said yes to hanging out with me. So, that’s a positive.”
“And pretty soon, they’re not gonna wanna hang out with their Mom when they get older. Plus, they’re gonna wanna hang out with people who are around their age.”
“Well, I’m so glad that we had this talk. Thanks for making me feel better, honey.”
“Not a problem, sweetheart. Good night.”
“Okay, good night.”
Then Kevin Sr. went ahead and turned off the lamp to completely darken the room.
It was Tuesday, November 11, 2003, and it was in the evening. All of Stephanie’s family were at the dining room table at Stephanie’s house and just finished dinner. Then Anna went ahead and began speaking.
“Well, that sure was a lovely dinner.” “Who wants dessert?” “We’ve got chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream.”
All the girls raised their hands along with Kevin Sr.
“I’ve got a feeling a lot of chocolate is gonna be gone in one night.”
Later, everyone had dessert. And that included Anna. Dexter went ahead and walked up to the dining room table and began begging.
“No, Dexter. You’re a dog. You can’t have chocolate.”, Kate told Dexter.
Then Dexter went ahead and begged some more.
“No, Dexter! Chocolate equals doggie poison! You can’t have chocolate cake and ice cream and that’s final!” Kate exclaimed.
Then Dexter went ahead and began barking at Kate.
“Hey! Don’t take that tone with me, mister!” she exclaimed.
“Why can’t the doggie have some cake and ice cream?” Mandy asked.
“Because dogs can’t handle chocolate the same way humans can. That’s why.”, Cindy replied.
“But why?” Mandy asked her.
“Because humans and animals are two completely different species.” Cindy responded.
“But why?” Mandy asked Cindy.
“Because we’re bigger and way smarter than they are.”, Cindy told Mandy.
“But why?” Mandy asked again.
“Mandy, I’m not gonna just sit here all night and tell you the reason for everything in the entire universe!” Cindy exclaimed.
“But why?” Mandy asked once more.
“Shut up!” Cindy ordered.
“Hey, that wasn’t very nice!” Mandy exclaimed.
“So, what are you gonna do about it?” Cindy asked Mandy.
Then just before Cindy started eating her dessert, Mandy went ahead and took a bite out of her cake.
“Hey! That was my cake!” Cindy exclaimed unhappily.
“Too bad! A bit of it is in my tummy now! What are you gonna do about it?!” Mandy told her.
“Here’s what I’m gonna do about it!” Cindy exclaimed.
Cindy took a bite out of Mandy’s cake.
“Hey!” Mandy told her.
“Too bad! It’s in my tummy now! What are you gonna do about it?!” Cindy exclaimed.
Then Cindy and Mandy went back and forth while eating each other’s desserts.
Mandy pinched Cindy. “Ow!” Cindy spoke.
Cindy pinched Mandy. “Ow!” Mandy spoke.
Mandy pinched Cindy. “Ow!” Cindy spoke.
Cindy pinched Mandy. “Ow!” Mandy spoke.
Mandy pinched Cindy. “Ow!” Cindy spoke.
Cindy pinched Mandy. “Ow!” Mandy spoke.
“Mom! Dad! Mandy won’t leave me alone!” Cindy told them.
“She started it!” Mandy added.
“Hey! I did not!” Cindy added.
Then the back-and-forth pinching resumed. Cindy and Mandy kept saying “Ow!” back-and-forth.
Then Kevin Sr. began speaking. “Okay! That’s enough you two! Now, both of you are either gonna learn to get along with each other or have the rest of your desserts thrown away! Are we clear?!”
“Yes, Dad, we hear you loud and clear.”, Cindy told him.
“What she said.”, Mandy added.
“I have absolutely no idea why you siblings always have to have rivalries with each other.”, Anna spoke.
“Well, to be honest, things weren’t always so peachy growing up with my siblings.”, Kevin Sr. responded.
“Please, don’t remind me.”, Anna responded. “Well, at least we still don’t have any boys. Otherwise, the sibling rivalries would be way rougher and more intense.”
Then after all the talking ended, the whole family continued eating dessert.
It was Wednesday, November 12, 2003, and it was in the evening. Stephanie was sitting on the living room couch and watching television. Kate went ahead and came into the living room with an angry look on her face. Kate stopped and stared at Stephanie. And Stephanie began speaking.
“What’s up, big sis? Something wrong?”
“Have you been stealing my clothes again?”
“No, I have not. It must’ve been Cindy or Mandy. Or the dog.”
“Come on, Steph! Stop lying! I know it was you!”
“Even if I was the one who stole your clothes, there’s absolutely no way or chance you would be able to prove it.”
“But I’ve caught you stealing my clothes countless times before!” “How is this time any different?!”
“Because it just is. Leave me alone.”
“No! I’m not gonna leave you alone, thief! I’m so sick and tired of you always taking my stuff without asking! I was planning to wear something nice to a romantic date I had planned this Saturday! Now, I can’t go because of you!”
“Again, not my problem.”
“It will be your problem if you don’t give me back my stuff! Now!”
Then Stephanie went ahead and stood up. “Oh yeah?!” “Make it my problem!” she spoke in front of Kate’s face.
“You can’t fight me! You’re two years younger than me! And always will be! So, you better sit back down! Little girl! Or else!”
“Mom, Kate won’t leave me alone!” she yelled.
Anna went ahead and came into the living room. “What’s going on in here?” Anna asked them.
“Kate won’t leave me alone! That’s what’s going on here!”
“Because she stole my clothes for the millionth time!”
“Stephanie! I thought I and your father talked to you about not stealing things from your big sister!”
“Well, looks like she didn’t get the message. I think it’s time you stop talking to her and start grounding her from now on.”
“But I didn’t steal her stuff this time! I’m being honest!”
“You are such a terrible liar!”
Then Kate and Stephanie went ahead and got into a heated and anger-filled verbal altercation. They both kept arguing. And all that arguing that was going on between them seemed like it had no end in sight. And the arguing continued some more.
“Girls! Girls! Girls! Please!” Anna exclaimed. Then the arguing went ahead and stopped. “Okay, here’s what’s gonna happen. If Steph steals from you one more time, then she’s grounded.” “Deal?”
“Deal!” Kate agreed. “Finally! Now, there will be some justice served around here!”
“But still, how can anyone be certain I did it?” Stephanie asked them.
Kate walked over to the couch, picked up one of the couch cushions, and got the clothes Stephanie stole.
“Oh.” Stephanie spoke. “Whoops.”
“Thanks for putting my little sister back in her place, Mom.”
“No problem. Now, I’m gonna go ahead and get dinner ready.” “And could you two please at least try and get along?” “I’ve had a long day at work today and I’m very tired.”
“We’re so sorry, Mom. We’ll try and get along and give you a well-deserved break.”, Stephanie told her.
“Yeah, what she said.”, Kate added.
“Thank you.”, Anna responded.
Then after that, Anna went ahead and left the living room.
“Thief!” Kate spoke.
“Weasel head!” Stephanie spoke.
Then Kate went ahead and exited the leaving room and Stephanie resumed watching television.
It was Thursday, November 13, 2003, and it was nighttime. Kevin Sr. and Anna were in their lit bedroom getting ready for bed in their pajamas. Then a knock was heard at the bedroom door. And Kate was the one that began speaking.
“Mom! Dad! Do you mind if I come in?!”
“Come on in, sweetheart!” Kevin Sr. answered her.
Then Kate went ahead and walked into the bedroom.
“I think it’s about time that I get my own room.”
“What’s wrong with sharing a room with Stephanie? Is she stealing stuff from you again?” Anna asked her.
“No, but she sure has been a pain in the but recently. She plays her music way too loud, which makes it hard for me to study or do my homework. Also, she’s always reading my diary when she’s not supposed to. I keep hiding it in different places around the room and she always seems to find it. Third, she has the TV on way too loud. And I’ve got many more reasons left where that came from.”
Stephanie came into the room after secretly listening to the conversation from outside. “Okay, let’s set a few things straight! First, I do not play my music too loud! If it’s too loud for you, why don’t you put on some headphones?! Second, I don’t know why you need to tell that lie! I only occasionally read you diary! Abd third, put on some freaking headphones for crying out loud!”
Then Kate and Stephanie went ahead and got into a verbal altercation with each other. Both sisters continued arguing back and forth with no end in sight. And the arguing continued some more.
“Alright! Okay! Timeout!” he exclaimed while signaling a timeout with his hands. And the sisters stopped arguing. “Now, as much as I love the idea of you two having separate rooms, we still have another baby on the way.”
Anna continued, “Yeah, we wanted the new kid to have his or her own room by turning the guest room into a bedroom. And we only have four bedrooms, so it looks like you two will be sharing the same room until at least one of you moves out after eighteen.”
“What?! But that’s so unfair! That’s eons away!” Kate barked to her parents.
“No one said life was fair. I’m sorry, Kate. There’s nothing we can do.”, Kevin Sr. apologized.
“Ugh! I hate you all so much! I wish I had a different family!” Kate yelled angrily. Kate stormed out of her parents’ bedroom and went inside her shared bedroom.
“Looks like that didn’t turn out so smoothly.”, Stephanie commented. “Well, good night!”
Then Stephanie went ahead and left her parents’ bedroom and went into her shared bedroom.
After that, Anna just sighed and sat down on the bed. Then she began speaking. “We have got to be the worst parents on the face of the globe.” “I mean, what kind of people are we?” You know, Kate is right. She deserves her own room, space, and privacy. Maybe we could work out something for those two to have separate rooms.”
Kevin Sr. went ahead and sat down next to Anna before speaking. “Don’t worry, honey. All those two need to do is learn how to get along. That’s all. We’re not the worst parents on the face of the globe. And we are far from being perfect, but at least we both know what’s good for those girls. I’ll try talking to Kate some more tomorrow night about why she can’t have her own room.” Kevin Sr. got up to go turn off the bedroom lamp. After the room was completely dark, Anna still felt bad about Kate not getting her own room. Then she got up and lied down in bed with her husband.
It was Friday, November 14, 2003, and it was in the morning. All the daughters were almost ready for school. Except for Kate and Stephanie, the whole family was in the dining room having Pop-Tarts for breakfast. And Anna began speaking. “I wonder what is taking Kate and Stephanie so long to come and eat their breakfast.” Then Kate and Stephanie went ahead and argued while coming into the living room.
“I am so going to kill you for dressing in the same outfit as me!” Kate yelled angrily.
“Well, it looks better on me! I’m gonna go to elementary school attracting a whole lot of boys while you go to middle school attracting zero attention!” Stephanie teased.
“Take that back!” Kate yelled.
“I’ll take it back when I’m dead!” Stephanie exclaimed.
Kevin Sr. went ahead and pulled out a whistle and blew it before speaking. “Okay, I think that’s enough yelling and arguing for one morning.”
“Dad, tell her she can’t go to school dressing like me!” Kate told him.
“Dad, tell her she can’t go to school dressing like me!” Stephanie told him.
“What’s wrong with dressing up in the same outfit?” Cindy asked them.
“I hate her guts! That’s what’s wrong with it!” Kate strongly spoke.
“And I’m not going to be told what to do!” Stephanie strongly added.
“Okay, that’s enough you two!” Kevin Sr. exclaimed. “All this drama with you girls makes me wish I had all sons instead of all daughters.” “Don’t you feel the same way, sweetheart?”
“Um, no comment.”, Anna replied.
“I think I know what this is all about.”, Kevin Sr. added. “You’re still upset at Stephanie because you still don’t get to have your own room. And as a result, you can’t even stand the thought of her dressing like you because the same two outfits were in the room you just so happen to share.” “Now, you tell me, am I right or wrong on this one?”
“Kevin, what if that’s not the reason?” Anna asked him.
“Oh, that’s definitely the reason!” Kate responded.
“You two are going off to school dressed like that, and that’s final!” Anna exclaimed while sounding upset.
“Excuse me?!” Kate asked her.
“You heard what I said, young lady!” she told her. “And why in the world did you bring a whistle to breakfast?!” she asked him.
“Because we’ve got daughters. You never know when you’ll need to blow a whistle in case things start getting out of hand.”
“Well, I don’t care what no one else says or thinks, I still prefer to be in a female-dominated household.”, Anna spoke.
“Ugh! I hate this family!” Kate exclaimed angrily.
“I have no idea how anyone can hate the same people that made it possible for them to exist in the first place, but okay.”, Anna told her.
Then the elementary and middle school buses were heard from outside. The two youngest daughters went ahead and got done with breakfast and began heading out. “Okay, the two of you each have a pack of Pop-Tarts that you can take with you on the bus.”, Anna told them. “Have a nice day at school you two!”
Kate went ahead and grabbed a pack of Pop-Tarts before speaking and leaving. “Thank God we both don’t share the same school.”
Stephanie went ahead and grabbed a pack of Pop-Tarts. “Yeah, thank God we don’t.”, Stephanie spoke before leaving.
Kevin Sr. began speaking. “Who knew raising girls would be such a pain in the but?” “And you’d think that raising boys would not be a piece of cake. I guess boys and girls always have their positives and negatives.” Then Kevin Sr. went ahead and left the dining room. Anna just sat there feeling more and more like a male-dominated household was the way to go over the opposite. Then after that, the morning continued.
It was Saturday, November 15, 2003, and it was in the afternoon. Anna was inside Northland Mall in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Michigan with her four daughters. “Well, with your father playing golf with his friends on the weekend, I guess it’s just us five females hanging out at the mall together doing female stuff.”, Anna spoke happily. “So, what should we all do first?”
“Well, whatever you all are gonna do, you can do it without me since I pretty much hate this family.”, Kate spoke. “See you all later!” Kate went off to go clothes shopping on her own.
“Okay, fine! We don’t need her! Am I right, ladies?!” Anna spoke happily.
“Hey, Stephanie, aren’t those your friends over there?” Cindy asked her.
Then Stephanie saw me, Amanda, Ariana, Jessica, Nathan, and Brad hanging out at the mall together.
“They sure are. Wow, what a weird and extremely unlikely coincidence. Well, I’m off to go hang out with them like I always do.” “See ya!” Stephanie walked away to come hang out with us.
“Well, that’s alright! We don’t need her either!” Anna exclaimed. “So, I guess it’s just the three of us!”
“Wait. Scratch that, Mom. I’m out because I wish I had a brother and wasn’t in a female-dominated household all the time.”, Cindy spoke. “See ya never, Mom!”
“Okay, fine!” Anna spoke. “We don’t need her at all!” “Am I right, Mandy?!”
“You would’ve been better off having boys.”, Mandy spoke before walking away.
Then Anna began speaking again. “What, no! You come back her, young lady!” Then Anna went ahead and just sighed. “Now, I wish I was in a male-dominated household! Why is this my life?! If I could go back in time and do it all over again, I would have nothing but boys if I it was my call! If this is all a dream, I hope I wake up and never live in a female-dominated household ever again!” Anna got down on her knees, put her hands together, closed her eyes, and repeatedly spoke a phrase. “Please wake up!” “Please wake up!” “Please wake up!” “Please wake up!” “Please wake up!” “Please wake up!” “Please wake up!” “Please wake up!” “Please wake up!”
It was Sunday, November 9, 2003, and it was in the morning. Ana as the echoes of the last words of her dream repeated themselves before dying out, Matthew tried waking up his mother. “Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy, wake up.”
“Hmmm?” Anna spoke. “Oh. Good morning, Matthew. If it is morning.” Anna went ahead and checked the time on the alarm clock. “Seven in the morning? Matthew, what are you doing up so early on a Sunday?”
“I was told to wake you up?”
“And who told you to wake me up?”
Then Kevin Sr. went ahead and came in with Kevin, Steve, and Cody holding a tray of food. Kevin Sr. began speaking. “Good morning, honey. We all decided to surprise you this morning by giving you breakfast in bed. So, here you go. Enjoy.” Kevin Sr. gave his wife her breakfast while she was still lying in the bed.
“Wow! Thank you so much, everyone! This is so sweet!” Anna exclaimed happily. “But why did all of you decide to go through this much just to make me breakfast?”
“Because we all decided that it’s time you need a break from time to time now that you’re pregnant with our little brother or sister.”, Kevin responded.
Steve added, “Yeah, and Dad explained to us how hard life is for a pregnant woman. So, while you still have a kid in your belly, you should start expecting this from us from time to time just as Kevin said.”
Cody added, “Yeah, it’s the least we could do since you gave birth to all of us.”
“This is so nice of you, guys! Thank you so much!” “You know, I guess being in a male-dominated household isn’t such a bad thing after all. And whether we have a boy or a girl, that person will be loved and raised in love no matter what.” “So, do you guys wanna include a free hug with my breakfast?” Anna opened for a hug. Kevin Sr. hugged Anna, Kevin hugged Anna, Steve hugged Anna, and Cody hugged Anna. And Matthew hugged Anna.
“Well, we’re all just gonna go ahead and leave you alone for now. Let us know if you need anything. Come on, boys, let’s roll.”, Kevin Sr. spoke. Then all the guys went ahead and left the bedroom. And as Anna watched the bedroom door close before being alone in that bedroom, she had just one last thing to say to her unborn child.
“You better be a boy just like the rest of them.” And after all that, Anna went ahead and began eating breakfast, feeling very thankful, and rooting for a fifth boy. Everything was back to normal as well.