Hank: (who just ate half my éclair) May I eat all of my gloria (mille-feuille pastry shaped like a donut)?
Me: Let me see your ears. (inspecting) The ears are a direct indication of how much you have grown in the last 24 hours, therefor by examining how much they have increased in length and width I can determine how much your stomach has grown and then give you an accurate answer… Hey.
Hank: (gloria gone) You were taking too long and I was hungry.
Me: Could you eat a whole donut when we were in America?
Hank: We didn’t eat any donuts in America.
Me: What?! Not possible.
Hank: Nope. We didn’t eat any donuts. We had then in London, but not in America.
Me: (shock and horror) Are you sure? How could I take you to America for 4 weeks and not bought you a donut?
Hank: We ate a lot of chocolate chip cookies, and hamburgers and chicken fingers and root beer and pizza, grasshopper ice cream, but no donuts.
Me: Did I at least get you a bagel? Please tell me I remembered a bagel.
Hank: (thinking) Nope. No bagel or donut. Nothing in that shape.
Me: I am so sorry. This is why you always need a list. You need a list when you do important things.
Hank: Just like going to the grocery.
Me: Exactly. No list and you buy what you don’t need and forget what you went to the store for. List and you maximize your chances of fulfilling your objective. Ferias (vacations) also require a list.
Hank: Next time we will write: Grammy, Grandpa Snitch, Coley, Uncle Jesse, donuts, bagels, Josita, Tia Paula and Willow, Char and Mark, Leslie Blaha, The Noodles, Baby Sam and Melissa and the new baby, Susan and Caiden, donuts and bagels, Kelly, Bryan Conner and Aida, Lyuba, Becca, Josh and the Chickens, ALL MY COUSINS, Sebastian and Gabby, More donuts and bagels, Tia Kay Kay and… And…
Me: We have a long time to finish this list.
Hank: EMMY and Yofie and Lucy and Silvie and Iris and Bill and Grandma Elizabeth and Lyuba’s Mommy and BROOKE AND MIKE and their Prius to drive and get donuts and bagels, Mandy, Jenelle and Leif, Uncle Jo and Sarah and Kai and the new baby and CRAYOLA with Julie and Zack and Zack’s dad… DONUTS AND BAGELS!