My younger niece Leah was the one who said, "Let go" when I said I was stuck trying to do my arm trick. My older niece Eliana had a great piece of wisdom this weekend when they slept over. The next day after lunch we were eating cookie dough ice cream, sitting in the living room in a circle. Eliana was sitting on a little red plastic chair with her legs crossed. Leah was sitting on the floor.
"Why are you sitting like that?" Leah asked her sister.
Eliana laughed a little. "What do you mean?"
"Why are you sitting with your legs crossed to the side?"
"Because I am. Why are you sitting like that?"
I think that will be my new strategy when asked things I don't want to answer or don't need to answer. "Why are you wearing that schmatta*? Why are you letting Wally eat crackers before dinner? Why are you living in New York with a kid?"
Because I am.
*Someone actually asked me that at the YMCA this weekend. It took all the courage I could summon to say, "Why does it matter?"