Recently, Madeline decided she wanted to learn more about the human brain. (When your husband’s evening reading selections include Primer of Diagnostic Imaging and Brain Imaging, your children are more apt to take a special interest in human anatomy.)
I showed her a color-coded diagram of the brain and pointed to the green section. “That’s the frontal lobe,” I explained. “This is where some parts of your personality come from.”
I went on to explain what a person’s personality is, using adjectives to describe how I perceive Madeline’s personality. “For example, you’re energetic, curious, and empathetic,” I said. “How would you describe my personality?”
“Sleepy,” she said immediately.
“What about bubbly and kind?” My dear husband suggested.
“Oh,” Madeline said. “Those, too.”
Glad my personality gets such a glowing appraisal. Sigh. (And, yes, that is somewhat of a sleepy sigh.)