At the dinner table

“Mom, it’s too hot! I can’t eat it yet!”
– Emily

“Well, then, just be patient”
– Mama

“But Mom, patient makes me hungry!!”
– Emily

Cleaning up before bedtime

“I’m all done picking up toys!”
– Emily, with enthusiasm but not accuracy

“I see toys over here that need to be picked up.”
– Mama, trying not to sound tired and frustrated

“What else do you see?”
– Emily, after repeating her “all done” speech three more times

“Emily, I see a little girl that I love very much.”
– Mama, who was about to yell and decided it wasn’t worth it

“You know what I see, Mama? I see a big person that I love very much.”
– Emily, making Mama very glad she didn’t yell!