On the eve of our frozen embryo transfer, our future daughter and son called us up for an audition. We’re amongst hundreds of thousands of hopeful Mums and Dads, auditioning for conception – did you know the stork delivers 353,000 babies each day?!
Dad 100 and I dressed up in our least creased clothes (we never did get around to buying that iron!) and we put on our best shoes. Off we went to our audition in a small theatre, a short hop from Hackney Downs.
Our future kids called us on to the stage. We stood in the spotlight, adjusting to the bright lights. I squeezed Dad 100’s hand, to disguise my nerves. Dad 100 gave me a smile. Then the questions began.
So Dad 100, what games will you play with us?
We will play hide and seek. We will spin round and round until we all fall down. We’ll play in the park on the swings, the zipline and the climbing frames.
What will you do to make us laugh, Mum 100?
We will buy ice cream and eat it without spoons. We’ll make animal noises at the zoo. We will jump all over your Dad and play with his face.
Why do you think you’ll be a good Dad?
I will be daft when I need to be daft. I will be caring when I need to be caring. I will always watch out and be there for you.
What will you teach us, Mum?
Well, I’m learning how to doodle, so we can have lots of fun with colouring pens and paints. I’m not worried about making a mess – Dad 100 says I’m a bit messy anyway.
I’ll also teach you to believe in yourselves.
Are you excited about being our Dad?
Very excited! It will be great fun. I’m looking forward to all the good times together and watching you grow.
Why should we choose you to be our Mum?
Ah, now that is a good question! I thought this one might come up. To be honest, I find it quite hard to answer – but for you, my future kids, I will have a go.
I think you should choose me to be your Mum because I will go to any lengths for your happiness, health and fulfilment in life. I already love you very much and talk to you each day. I think in good times and in tougher times, we’ll make a brilliant team – your Dad, you kids and me.
I’m not any better than any other Mum out there. I’m not any more deserving. All I know is I would love the job!
What about when we get you up at night, Dad – are you up for that?
I’ll do whatever it takes to make you happy and comfortable and secure. Even if that means getting up at 3 in the morning, and 4 in the morning, and 5 in the morning…
What stories will you read us in bed, Mum?
I will write you stories, where you are the heroes of your own adventures. You tell me where you want to go – to the moon, to sea, to a faraway land or a castle in the clouds. Then I’ll make up a story to take you there.
I’ll also read you books I loved as a child. Roald Dahl stories. Mr Men. The Magic Faraway Tree. The Little Prince.
Thank you for coming to audition today – we’ll let you know in two weeks if you’ve got the part.
Thanks future kids!