Conversations | 11

After telling her it was time to let Madden choose a show on Netflix,

Emma, stomping upstairs: UGH I JUST HATE WHAT'S HAPPENING!

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While trimming the tags off his new clothes for kindergarten (!!!),

Madden: Don't be mad at me if I cut you. You can just go get a bandaid.

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Talking about racism with the kids during the Charlottesville protests,

Me: Do you know what racism is? Have you heard that word before?
Madden: *looks confused*
Emma: I think so?
Me: Racism is when people don't like other people because their skin is a different color. It's dumb.
Emma, genuinely confused: That was supposed to be way in the past?

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While emptying the dishwasher (again),

Madden: Mom, don't call them silverware. Just call them metal forks and spoons and knives. I don't like saying "silverware."

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Calling Madden in for dinner while he's playing with the neighbor boy,

Me: Tell him you'll play with him tomorrow.
Madden: I'll play with you tomorrow, okay? Go to your home please.

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Emma: Mom, fix your attitude.
Me: Can't. It's broken.
Emma: Then you're kicked out of this family.

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While on the way home from Myrtle and pretending to be following their directions,

RJ: Emma and Madden. Where do we go from here?
Emma: We have no idea, but we'll keep a lookout.

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While in the car,

Madden: I'm hungry!
Emma: Then swallow your spit.

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Madden: Mom! Star Wars came out (on Netflix).
Emma: When movies come out they just pop out of the theater and into our TV.

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Madden: I'm gonna keep this bandaid so I can remember myself from the doctor.

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While looking at my typewriter,

Emma: That looks like a computer they used in the past.

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I hear a blood curdling scream upstairs,

Me: What's going on up there?
Them: We're just playing hide and seek!