For background: The brother of the girls’ classmate is named Matteo. “Teo” for short…
Julianna (she’s 8): We played with Julian.
Me: But, Teo was there, too, right?
Isabella (she’s 5): Hahahahahahaha! You said Buttato!
Me: No, I didn’t. I said, “But. Teo.”
Iz: Hahahaha! You said it again.
J: Daddy, you said Buttato.
Me: No, I didn’t. “But, Teo.” Totally different.
Iz: Haha! You said it again. Hahahaha!
Me: Oh, good God. You’re crazy. “But… Teo.”
10 minutes of unbridled laughter ensues while the girls prep for bed… Finally, I’m snuggled with Isabella:
Me: Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I…
Me: …wonder what you Buttato.
J: Um… Daddy, this joke is getting old.
Tell me about it.