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Can’t argue with the logic

P: “I had a dream about a Penny Fairy. You leave a penny under your pillow, and she replaces it with … a quarter!”

Kate: “Wait, wouldn’t you call her the Quarter Fairy, then?”

P: “Well, no. If we did that, we’d have to call the Tooth Fairy the Prize Fairy, instead.”

Kate: “… you know,  that’s an excellent point.”

“You’re not. That’s okay!”

On the way to the bus stop yesterday:

P: “Abba, why are the days getting shorter?”
A: {thinking: OH MAN A TEACHABLE SCIENCE MOMENT} 
A: {thinking: I AM TOTALLY GOING TO ROCK THIS}
A: “Well, Piper, let’s talk about this tonight. I’ve got a great idea to explain this, using our globe and a flashlight.”
P: “Okay! That sounds great!”

[The school day passes. Dinner, teeth brushing, jams on. Kate is reading to Syd in the next room; I have assembled our globe, a flashlight, a piece of string, a measuring tape, and a bright light source on a stand.]

A: “Okay, Piper! ARE YOU READY TO SCIENCE?”
P: “Yes!” (fist pumps)
A: “Well, let’s start out with the globe … you see how it’s tilted … and it goes around the sun … and here’s the shadow of the … darn, the light’s slipped … okay, can you put your finger on the spot where … wait, find Madison on the globe … put a piece of tape there … now turn the globe … wait, I’ve got to change the light … maybe we should start by looking at the globe from the top … ”

[15 minutes of basically pure HERP DERP fumbling from me, later]

A: (long pause)
A: “You know what, Piper? I might try this again another time. I don’t feel like I’m doing a very good job explaining this.”
P: “You’re not. That’s okay. … Do we still have time to read a chapter in The Doll People?”
A: “Absolutely.”

EXEUNT