“Yeah. I still think you need a way to stand out from all the others,” I said. Suddenly, as though the random voices in our heads synchronized, Jane and I looked at her eldest daughter with newfound interest. “Bella,” we called simultaneously. Jane let me take the lead: “Bella, look into the camera, honey. Say, ‘help my mommy get organized,’ okay?”
“Help my mommy!” Bella cried.
“Get organized,” Jane said.
“Get organized,” the child repeated.
“Now all together,” I said. Jane joined me in chanting the demand a few times.
“Help my mommy! Get organized,” echoed Bella. From the mouths of babes, I thought. This might actually work.
Once we had extracted the desired performance from the budding child star, Jane stepped before the camera and said, “If you have any ideas, anything you can email, anything at all, please help.” As if on cue, Bella, without any prompting, offered a Tiny Tim-like flourish for the camera: “So our family can be completely safe!”