Today Pippi gave me a lecture as I walked and she rode her scooter home from school.
Pippi (in tears): Mom, you and Dad made a mistake.
Me: What are you talking about?
Pippi (still in tears): You should have picked a house closer to my school. (Really emotional, now.) It's so hot in Texas, and I don't even have a friend to go with. I have a lot of problems. If only you and Dad would have picked a house closer to my school.
Me (trying not to cackle): Well, we're almost home, hey, and look the sun just went behind a cloud.
Pippi: Mom, I'm not talking about how close we are to home right now. I'm talking about how close my school is to our house.
Me (as I think about how many times a day I make the walk): Well, Pippi, we don't have to walk. I thought you wanted to ride your scooter home. I'll just bring the car to pick you up tomorrow.
Pippi (trying to be calm, but still quite emotional): But I like to ride my scooter and my bike. Just not so far. Mom, you should have bought a closer house.
And it went on and on and on and on, and then we got home. And the subject changed and she tried to convince me to make sushi for dinner. I don't even know how to make sushi.