last week, while making my bed, lily and i had this brief exchange . . .
lily: mom, i want some juice.
mama: lily, finish the milk on the table and then you can have some juice.
(lily leaves the room . . . then returns a few minutes later)
lily: mom, i want candy.
mama: lily, you just finished eating breakfast, i’m not giving you candy.
(lily leaves the room for a second time only to return again a few minutes later)
lily: mom, here’s the problem . . . i want candy.
mama: (after hysterical laughing has subsided) lily, here’s the answer . . . i’m the mommy and i say “no candy”!
(lily leaves the room after rolling her eyes at me like some kind of preteen hannah montana groupie. i’m afraid we’re in trouble!)