4YO: (Looking at her pajamas) How come the princess from Princess and the Frog has dark skin?
Me: Because she does.
4YO: But why?
Me: Some people have dark skin, some people have light skin.
4YO: But I thought there weren’t any princesses with dark skin.
Me: Well, that’s why they made a princess with dark skin.
4YO: So that there would be one besides Pocahontas?
Me: Pocahontas isn’t a princess.
4YO: Well, she’s an Indian princess.
Me: No she’s not.
4YO: But she’s Disney.
4YO: Almost every Disney has a princess.
4YO: I’m still upset about the fight last night. I didn’t get any sleep.
Me: I’m sorry to hear that.
4YO: Promise me you won’t bother me anymore. (Quickly realizing “the fight” was actually a result of her misbehaving, she changes her tactic.) You know, you shouldn’t sleep on the couch. You know how many days you’ve slept on the couch?
Me: (Holds up two fingers)
4YO: Yeah. (Holds up two fingers) And if you do it for one more day, you know how many that’s gonna be?
Me: (Holds up three fingers)
4YO: Yeah. (Holds up three fingers) Three. And how much is 6 + 6?
4YO: And how much is 12 + 12?
4YO: And how much is plus 24 plus 24?
4YO: And how much is plus 48 plus 48?
4YO: And how much is plus 96 plus 96?
Me: (Shrivels up face)
4YO: What’s the matter? Is the coffee too strong?
Me: No, I can’t think that hard.