September 17, 2013 | by Mark McDonald
Lost: One Man’s Heart

By Mark McDonald
Editor, sportsandoutdoors.guru

Every family should have a heart burglar. Ours is Sophie Elizabeth McDonald. She’s the 8-year-old thief who stole her grandfather’s heart, and kid sister to her older brother Riggs. Related by blood, when it comes to holding court, they are barely distant relatives.

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Sophie, 8, notorious heart burglar, gets caught stealing her grandfather’s heart. Again.

While her brother is content to keep his own counsel, Sophie will not be ignored. More specifically, she is a dynamo who talks enough for the both of them. And she is quite the sales person. Whenever she says something … anything … she strives to be convincing. Case in point:

Princess Sophie enters the sitting parlor at Stately McDonald Manor where The Matriarch, is firmly entrenched in her knitting chair. {or is it needle-point?}

Ever engaging, Sophie’s arresting personality and swishy presence causes her grandmother to look up from her knitting {cross-stitch maybe?}

“Riggs,” Sophie announces with airy tone, “has a girlfriend.”

If true, this is front-page news, to be published under an 84-point banner headline. Young Sophie knows this, so pausing for effect, seizes the moment.

“Yeah, Riggs has a girlfriend,” she says with the knowing nod befitting a New York gossip columnist.

Taken aback, the trained skeptic comes out in a retired English teacher. The Matriarch cocks her head.

“Sophie are you sure?”

“Yeah, Riggs has a girlfriend.”

“You’re sure, are you?”

“Yeah, and they’re going to get married. It will be fun to have a big sister in school.”

A big sister in school?  The Matriarch cannot help but chuckle.

“Ohhh, Sophie, your brother is much too young to get married.”

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An equal opportunity heart thief, Sophie claims multiple victims, including her father, Turk (r).

As a budding young story-teller and family clarion, she knows how to deal with skepticism. With confidence borne out of absolute certainty and a gas tank full of self-esteem, Sophie turns to her contrarian.

“Uh-huh,” she says, leaning on the second syllable.

“No way Riggs is getting married. He’s wa-a-ay, too young.”

Sophie, confident the facts lie squarely on her side, cocks her chin, puts hands on hips and sets the record straight once and for all:

“Riggs,” she sighs, “is almost twelve.”

With her audience sitting back in stunned silence, the heart burglar marches from the room, perhaps looking for new worlds to conquer.

 

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