Claudine: When I was age zero I was an egg. There was an egg in your belly and that was me. Then the egg hatched and I came out. That’s a real story.
Mia: Why do you keep designing so much? Because whenever I see you design something, it looks perfect to me.
Claudine: I love you more than 1000 kisses.
Me: Do you like me better than chocolate?
Claudine: Yes. I think you are great. You are also special. (pause) Just kidding. You’re not so special. Trophies and shiny sculptures are special.
Me: What do you think Mia would choose?
Mia: Do I have to spend my own money for a toy at target? No? Whew, cause I’m saving up all my money because me and Ella are going to buy a house together after college.
Claudine: Daddy, can I have you? I’m lonely.
Claudine: This is my imaginary sister, Anna.
Me: Why do you have an imaginery sister when you have a real one?
Claudine: I bought her.
Me: Where did you buy her?
Claudine: At a kids store.
Me: What’s a kid’s store?
Claudine: Where you buy kids. Imaginary. I just made it up.
Me: (Claudine shows me a drawing that she just made of Anna) She’s orange!
Claudine: That’s because I couldn’t do the peach. I couldn’t find it.
Me: Are you peach?
Me: Is mommy a peach?
Claudine: You’re peach white. Our family’s all peaches.
Mia: Can I have some of your wine?
Mark: No. Did you know adults can get arrested for giving wine to children because it’s against the law?
Mia: But I thought it was a free country.