Some conversations we have had at my house today.
1. (As we were getting out of the car at church for children's choir, me)
This was the tail end of a light discussion I was having with the children during the drive about the relative merits of communism, socialism, democratic socialism, and democratic republicanism, and the spectrum on which these ideas all exist. Because my life is just one long qualifying exam.
"...so you see, the debate over healthcare is about whether everyone deserves healthcare. Some people think healthcare is like a Ferrari, you should only get one if you work hard and get a good job to pay for it yourself. A Ferrari is an example of a privilege. But you can choose whether to buy a Ferrari or not. You can't choose whether you need antibiotics when you get strep throat. That makes it seem like a right. And the debate is mostly about whether healthcare is a right or a privilege."
2. (Getting ready for bed, Ryan)
"---No, Buddy, you cannot put your tooth into Charley's Have-A-Heart trap in your room tonight. If you trap the Tooth Fairy think of all the other kids who have lost teeth today who won't get their dollar!"*
*The reason James has a tooth for the Tooth Fairy is because Charley helped along one of the particularly loose ones WITH A PAIR OF RUSTY PLIERS when the nanny went inside for a glass of water.
3. (Reading stories)
"Stop licking your armpit. Stop. Just stop it. Because it's gross. I said knock it off."
4. (In the car on the way home from choir. Wes has been bickering with Mary for five miles over a blue playground ball he wants to hold)
"Mary and Wes! Stop bickering over that ball! There is no reason to fight over balls! We have plenty of balls!!"
[hysterical laughter from the wayback. Wes snorts with anger]