Part of a much longer Q&A overheard shortly before the kids' bedtime Saturday evening:
Oldest Son (6): Abba? Can you ask Eema if we can come downstairs?
Eema (me): [Thinking, I guess we know who's in charge in this house...]
Oldest Son: Because we want to come downstairs.
Oldest Son: Because we played everything and we're tired of playing everything.
Youngest Son (3-3/4): Yeah.
Oldest Son: Why do you keep asking why?
Abba: Because I'm trying to understand.
Oldest Son: Well, usually parents understand everything. So can we come downstairs?
Oldest Son: Arrggggh.
Youngest Son: Not again!
Oldest Son: [to Youngest Son] Let's just go downstairs.