Circular Conversation #1 (at home on a cold winter day...yesterday):
Me: "Is it a little cold in here? Lizzie are you cold?"
Lizzie (hugging herself and pretending to shiver): "Yes. Brrr. I'm cold."
Me: "Seth are you cold?"
Seth: "No. Are you?"
Me: "A little. Matthew, are you cold?"
Lizzie: "Not me."
Me: "What do you mean, Lizzie? You just told me you were cold. Are you cold or not?"
Lizzie: "Hmm. Yes or no, yes or no."
Me: "Lizzie, are you cold?"
Lizzie: "No way, not me. Hot. Yes, hot now."
Circular Conversation #2 (while in the car last Thursday, driving to gymnastics):
Seth: "How long til we get to gymnastics, Mom?"
Me: "Not long; just a few minutes."
Seth: "No, how long?"
Me: "I don't understand."
Seth: "How many miles?"
Matthew (looking out the van window, day-dreaming): "Kilometres...Mom uses kilometres."
Seth: "How many ki-no-no-meters Mom?"
Me: "Well, I'd guess about three."
Lizzie (outraged): "We only have three minutes in gymnastics? Why?"
Matthew (fully alert now, outraged): "What??! We have to leave gymnastics after only three minutes? Wwhhyy?"
Me: "No, no, no, guys - it' ok. Seth was asking about how far it was to gymnastics - -"
Lizzie (wailing): "Mooommmmy, I want to stay long at gymnastics...why you make me leave?"
Matthew (crying, apoplectic): "Mom! Mom! Why do we have to leave early?"
Seth (crying now, too): "Mom, what's up? Why we staying for only three minutes? Don't want to go home yet..."
I've since given up on talking. I now focus my attention on the brick wall my head is pounding on.
P.S. It's later today and I just had to share one more (short) conversation from this afternoon:
Lizzie: "Mommy, may I go upstairs?"
Me: "Of course you may. Matthew and Seth just went upstairs, too."
Lizzie (with a whine, and dissolving into tears): "But I don't want to - I want to stay with you!"
Me (throwing my hands up in the air): "Lizzie, if you want to stay here with me, that's fine...if you want to go upstairs, that's fine too!"
Lizzie (on the floor now, wailing): "No go upstairs - stay with you!"
Yikes...what's a girl to do??!