I left Justin at home this morning with Sadie while I took the boys to school. Before walking out the door I gave her specific instructions to get dressed for preschool so she'd be ready to leave when I got back. The following conversation occurred when I returned.
Me: "Sadie, are you dressed?"
Sadie: "Yes, mommy, but I can't find any shoes." (Don't know about you, but this is a FAR too frequent occurrence at our house.)
Me: "I see a tennis shoe right there. Maybe we can find the other one."
Sadie: "Well, I was looking for my pink boots but I can't find them." (beginning to pout, whine, and otherwise tear up.)
Me: "Oh! I remember seeing those earlier this morning. (looking around) Where did I see them? Have you checked the bathroom?"
Sadie, heading to the bathroom: "I found them, Mommy! Here they are!" (relieved and overjoyed. All is right with the world again.)
Me: "Look at that. I'm so smart. How did I get to be so smart?" (jokingly, of course.)
Sadie: "Because you're big! And you eat Smarties!"Thank you, Lord, for the mind and innocence of a child in such an imperfect and fallen world. Have a blessed day!