I can't remember which morning it was, only that I did NOT want to wake up. As Melody squirmed her little body closer and closer to mine, my eyes refused to open and i squeezed my pillow tighter and tighter.
If you have ever tried to ignore my children, you know the futility of what I was doing. She kept talking and talking, and every now and then I would murmur some perfunctory response to put her off a few more minutes.
My eyes popped open, though, when I realized what I'd just said.
Melody: Mommy, I think that fairies are not really real.
Gretchen: Yup. You're right.
Melody: And if fairies are not really real, then that means that the tooth fairy is not really real.
Gretchen. Yup. You're right.
Melody: It's just grownups that like to play pretend to surprise kids, right?
Gretchen: Yup. Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Santa---wait! I'll wake up now!