Camden (age 7): Mom, I have a serious problem.
Me: What’s up, buddy?
C: The girl who gave me this cat wants it back.
C: Yeah, and I told her, “It’s been like … a year!” And she’s mad that I put a ‘C’ on the tag. (He shows me how he labeled it with a black sharpie. This is typically how we distinguish between the boys’ stuffed animals. )
M: Well, that was about a year ago, right? So, what does she expect?
C: I know! Besides’ I traded for it.
M: You did? What did you give her for it?
C: A promise.
M: A promise? What kind of promise?
C: Oh, I told her I’d marry her when we get older.
M: Don’t you think you’re a little young to be making those kinds of decisions?
C: (shrugs) I dunno.
M: So now what? She found out you’re not going to marry her, and she wants the cat back?
C: No, she still wants to marry me when she gets older.
C: Yeah, but she still wants the cat back too! Harsh!
M: (trying not to burst out laughing) Oh, man!
C: Yeah, that’s why you always need to think carefully before you make a trade!
(Really? THAT is the lesson my little boy took from this? BAhahahaha!)