1. We're about to take a trip to Mississippi, so it's been the topic of much conversation in our house. Several times a day, Trooper asks what we're going to do and who we're going to see, which is standard for any trip we take. So a couple days ago, I told Trooper he needed to go to the bathroom, and I guess he really needed to go because he didn't argue, but he'd only taken a few steps in the right direction before he stopped. "Mom, do they have bathrooms in Mississippi?"
Of course I thought this was a hilarious question, but I tried not to let on. I assured him that they do indeed have bathrooms there. He went on to ask me the same questions he'd asked me every day for the past week, and once again I told him about the pyramid in Memphis (we'll also see some of Tennessee), and the aunts and uncles, and other things. During this conversation we only moved about eight feet toward the bathroom, but he danced animatedly enough that he probably would have measured out half a mile if he'd been wearing a pedometer.
Then he paused, and with a thoughtful expression he asked again, "They have bathrooms in Mississippi?" I could tell he was just clarifying, and that he had some reason for it, but I couldn't guess what.
"Yes, they really do have bathrooms in Mississippi," I assured him, beckoning him toward our own bathroom.
His eyes got big, and his smile got bigger. "I'm gonna POOP in Mississippi!"
2. Jonathan had snuck some kind of candy into his mouth, but like all kids, Trooper has a candy radar and he saw it right away. "Dad, what you have in your mouth?"
"It's a secret."
"Can I have a secret, please?"
3. Last night Jonathan and I were trying out 'How to Get Away With Murder' (Love the diversity and interesting storyline, not so fond of the sexual content), and Trooper had come over to ask me to get him some water. I told him I'd get it at the next break, and next thing I knew he had bitten my knee. I was so surprised by it that I pushed his forehead to get him off of me before I really even realized what had happened. I said, "He just bit my knee!" And he ran down the hall, probably putting himself in time out.
Jonathan went down the hall to confront him about his behavior. "Trooper, did you bite mom's knee?"
"No." (Hesitation.) "Alethea did it." (Alethea is the dog.)