"Anna, Be QUIET! Don't talk ANY MORE!"[Standard after school sibling greeting.]
"Kathryn Grace, that is NOT NICE! We all enjoy quiet; but please find a nicer way to ask your sister."
[Remind self to scream BE QUIET less frequently.]
"Hey, Anna, you know when you are reading a book and the words don't come out your mouth, they just go in your brain? That is called "reading silently". How bout you try that?"
[Katie is somehow channeling her Uncle Rob, circa 1983-87]
"OK! Which part the brain?"
[Note: The younger sibling always says yes regardless of comprehension. Or shame. Or danger to self.]
"Up here. At the top."
[Rubs open book on hair.]
"No, INSIDE. Inside the body, at the top, is the brain. Where the songs and the jokes are. Hey, Mama, did you know we are all made of meat?"