Anand: Sometimes, when…

Anand: Sometimes, when the other children want to insult me, they say I'm a bad listener.

Me: Well, you know something? Kavya is sometimes a bad listener. Do you know why? Because she's thinking complicated and interesting thoughts, and she's so busy thinking them, that she doesn't always listen to Mommy.

A: [laughs]

Me: So it's okay if you're a bad listener sometimes. I like it when you're busy thinking complicated and interesting thoughts.

A: [oddly long pause, and then, with mischief in his eyes] I'm sorry, Mommy. I didn't hear you -- I was busy thinking about something...

At which point, we both totally lost it. :-) :-) :-)

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