We were eating dinner around Valentine's Day and someone rubbed their belly.
Me: "Oh! It's like you're a genie!"
C: "What's a genie?"
A: "Like on Aladdin?"
C: "Oh, the blue guy who grants wishes."
Me: "A genie comes out of a magic lamp after you rub it three times. Then he grants you 3 wishes. What would you wish for if we had a genie?"
A: "Are genies real?"
Me: "Well, no, but if they were, what would you wish for?"
C: "I would wish to be a race car driver. I would want 100 cakes. My last wish would be to have a big valentine heart and put it in my heart with God."
disclaimer: I seriously did not say anything to prompt that last wish. REALLY!! I didn't. That's what I love about 4 year olds...you never know what they are going to say, when they're going to say it or how they're going to say it.
A: "I would wish to marry a prince. I want to be an artist. I also want to love everybody. But wait, can't I have 4 wishes?"
Me: "No, you only get 3. That's how a genie works. No more than that."
A: "Ok, well...but Mommy, you love me, don't you?"
Me: "Yes, A, I love you so much. But you still can't have another wish."
A: "Well, who's the genie?"
And that's about how the discussion ended. I jotted down their wishes that night because I knew I would want to write about it someday. I just didn't know when that would be. These conversations-as "day in and day out" as they seem, and the little slices I hold on to. I love my kids so much, and love that I can look back and these moments and know what happened that night. It was a regular dinner, but such a fun conversation. What would you wish for if you had 3 wishes? Hmmm??