1. Be my child.
2. Be so lovable that I think I'll burst about 90% of the time.
3. Be almost grown up, say, oh, 13 and 16.
4. Help me decorate the Christmas tree.
5. Leave the room before I find the cardboard and Cheerio wreath, and the popsicle stick star, laden with glitter.
6. Be busy elsewhere in the house while I tear up and wonder how motherhood can move at the speed of light.
7. You're done. Mission accomplished.