Zuzu: Mommy, I want to tell you something really important. (Dramatic pause, then stage whisper.) The grown-ups don't tell the kids what to do. The kids just do whatever they want to do.
Scene: In the kitchen, discussing something totally unrelated.
Zuzu: Mommy, do trees have bones?
Scene: Hanging out on the couch after lunch. Coco is napping.
Zuzu: (politely) Excuse me.
Me: Do you need to go potty or was that just a toot?
Zuzu: Just a toot!
Zuzu: A stinky toot!
Scene: Walking over to our neighbor's new pool.
Zuzu: (with much authority) Coco, these are the rules of the pool: Don't wear a Binky. Put your toes on the edge to jump in. DON'T throw a fit after we swim.
Scene: Practicing soccer with daddy. Kicks the ball past him.
Zuzu: That was awesome! I love winning!
Scene: The jewelry I'd put on the bathroom windowsill is missing. Upon further investigation, I find my bracelet on the floor in Zuzu's room.
Me: Zuzu, do you know where Mommy's wedding ring is?
Me: Are you sure?
Zuzu: Well, it might be in my piggy bank. I think maybe I put it there a long time ago when I was a baby.
(It was in the piggy bank. We then had a chat about not touching my jewelry, but really I should know better than to leave it in the bathroom where it's easily accessible!)