Me: Okay, I love you. I’ll see you in the morning.
Her: Wait – Mommy. Are there any maps in my room?
Me: Maps? No.
Her: Are there any bees?
Me: No. No bees.
Her: We don’t eat bees. Only honey. Not bees.
Me: This is true.
Her: Are there any flies in my room?
(I shake my head.)
Her: Sharks? Whales? Bat rays? Mites?
Me: No. Mites? No.
Her: Snails? Kangaroos?
Her: Colorado bears?
Her: Colorado bears!
Me: Oh, you mean KOALA bears?
Her: Is there any art in my room?
Her: What about burned out light bulbs?
Me: I don’t think so, no.
Me: It’s bedtime now. Go to sleep —
Her: Do you love me?
Me: I love you SO much.
Her: How much?
Me: This much. As far as my arms can stretch!
Her: Okay then, I am gonna go to dreamland!
Me: (leaving) Good. Have a nice rest–
Her: You know who’s there?
Me: It’s time for–
Her: Santa! Santa is in dreamland waiting for me. With a couple of his reindeer and also Lilli even though she goes to a different school now.
Me: Okay, good! Now–
Her: And you will be there, and daddy, and sissy, and milk and bagels and salami. Oh, I love salami SO MUCH. Do you know how much I love salami?
Me: It’s time for bed now.
Her: THIS much! As far as my arms can go.
Me: Okay, Peach. I love you. Good night.
Her: (a long sigh) Good night.
Her: But you’re sure there aren’t any maps in here?