Maddie: Why do you want me to stay a little girl, Daddy?
Me: What? What makes you think that?
Maddie: Mommy told me.
Me: Oh. Well then it must be true, right?
Maddie: Mmm hmm. But I can’t stay a little girl, because I’m already a BIG GIRL!
Me: Well, you are bigger now than you used to be, that’s true.
Maddie: And one day I’ll be big as you, right Daddy?
Me: I hope not.
Maddie: Because you want me to stay small?
Me: Well, yes. Daddy likes his little girl as she is right now. So I can pick you up in the air. And fit you and your brother in the jog stroller for walks to the zoo. And help you with bath time. And carry you in my arms.
Maddie: But Daddy, even if I get big like you, I’ll still love you. You’re my Daddy!
Me: That’s true. But eventually, we won’t spend every weekend together like we do now. You’ll have your own house.
Maddie: You mean when I’m a mommy?
Me: Yes. Wait. No, I just meant when you’re grown up and live in the nearest convent to Daddy!
Maddie: Hooray! I’ll always be near Daddy!
Me: That’s right.
Maddie: What’s a convent?