My daughter Julia came to live with me two years ago for school. It isn't easy for me to raise someone who is practically my nine-year-old clone, but that is exactly what I find I am doing with Julia. Through our judo and soccer practices, reading, writing and arithmetic, Girl Scouts, and Japanese language classes, we occasionally have a conversation that connects us both in a sometimes deep and usually humorous way. Hopefully, you will be as entertained as we are.
Julia’s grandmother, Mama, is thrilled to have found some deals on cute outfits for the Christmas season. She wants Julia to try them on to make sure they fit well and to see how they look. Mama shows her an adorable red dress.
Mama: What do you think of this? Do you like it?
Julia: May I whisper to Daddy what I think?
Julia: (whispering) I don’t like it because it’s red and those are Kirkwood colours.
Daddy: (laughing) I know what you mean. Do you think maybe you might get away with wearing red for the holidays?
Julia: Sigh. I don’t know.