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Magic Penny

We had just fin­ished tuck­ing our five kids into bed when three-year-old Billy be­gan to wail. Turns out, he had ac­ci­den­tally swal­lowed a penny and was sure he was go­ing to die. Des­per­ate to calm him, my hus­band palmed a penny that he had in his pocket and pre­tended to pull it from Billy’s ear. Billy was de­lighted. In a flash, he snatched it from my hus­band’s hand, swal­lowed it, and de­manded, “Do it again!”

Chil­dren for sale

Af­ter a rough day spent cor­ralling my rowdy kids, I’d had enough. “I think I’m go­ing to sell them,” I hissed to my sis­ter. “You’re crazy,” she said. “For think­ing of sell­ing them?” “For think­ing some­one would buy them.”

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