Me, making dinner.*
Lyle, sitting on the nearby couch, poring over a small catalog-like enclosure from his Thomas the Tank Engine train that shows every single dingle train and accessory ever made (CURSES!).
Lyle, whining: “Mommeeee, I can’t wait for my birthday!! I miss my birthday! It’s too hard to wait!”
Me, wondering how long it will be before I can make that particular enclosure disappear.
Lyle, suddenly all business: “Mommy? It’s too hard to wait.” And then the clincher: “So. Mommy, how can we solve that?”
Kids: like it or not, they’re the best mirrors we’ve got.
* Aren’t you glad I’m going back to work tomorrow? Maybe the cute kid stories won’t take over this blog, after all.