I’m not sure why some of the most interesting conversations I have with my kids happen in the car. Maybe it’s because we are confined. Maybe it’s because they are excited to go to school or to come home. Maybe there is something about riding in a 5,800 piece of metal that pulls the interesting thoughts, humor, and cleverness out of them.
Not sure, but here’s the conversation we had yesterday on the way home:
Background: The kids always want to play on my ipad. In fact, I’m not even sure I can call it my ipad anymore, since I almost never get to use it. Every so often, I will let Olivia play on my husband’s ipad while Evan plays on “mine” in order to accommodate the kids, avoid meltdowns, and keep peace in the house.
Olivia: Mom, can I play on the ipad after we eat dinner?
Evan: Mom, can I play on the ipad after we eat dinner?
Olivia: Evvvaaannnn. I asked first.
Evan: But, Olivia, I had a good day today. (Evan doesn’t get to play on the ipad if he gets his name on the board.)
Olivia: I did too.
Me: Olivia, if you’re lucky, I’ll let you use Daddy’s ipad.
Evan: Olivia is lucky. Olivia is lucky. Olivia is lucky.
Well, Olivia wasn’t so lucky, because Marvin took his ipad to Phoenix with him, so we had to take turns playing with “my” ipad. Again, I never got a turn!