Helping Julianna (she’s 9) with her subtraction homework…
Me: Ok, Honey, it’s 6 minus 7, so you need to borrow from the “tens.”
Me: Sorry, Sweetie. When I was a kid doing math, we called it “borrowing,” but you go to a hippie art school.
J: Daddy, we call it a Progressive Set.
Me: Of course you do. Hippie.
J: Because, when you borrow something, you’re supposed to give it back. And, you really don’t do that with math. Give back.
Me: No, I suppose you just take. Like most kids.
J: What?… Like, can I borrow your brain?
Me: My brain?
J: Well, you don’t really use it most of the time, anyway.
Me: Have you been listening to Mommy again?
J: I promise, I’ll give it back… If you want it.
(Bonus points for whoever “gets” the Subject line.)