Characters: Me, Jax, and Em
Background: Jax entertained Em with instruments (best dual interactive toy yet*) while I took a shower. Normally she screams from the moment I put her down until I pick her up again, still dripping wet and soap still in my hair. I was so happy and proud of him for being such a great helper and big brother.
Me: Jax, you did such a great job playing with Em. Thank you so much!
Jax: Okay, Mom.
Me: You have become such a great big brother. You play so nicely with her now. When you two grow up, are you going to watch out for her?
Me: Are you going to love her and be her friend?
Me: Are you going to teach her and show her the ropes?
Jax: Yes, Mom. (pause, looking around) Hmm. Mom? Where ARE the ropes?
Today I woke Jax up from his nap and said, "What do you want to do this afternoon?" He said, "Find the ropes, Mom!"
*In case you're interested, here are the instruments I was talking about.