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Love

conversations with hank

Me: (Tucking Molly in bed)

Hank: (dashes through the door) Wait, I need to help tuck in my mana (sister)!

Molly: Mano (brother)!

Hank: (wrapping Molly in a big, strong hug)

Molly: I love you, mano (brother)!

Hank: I love you so much, mana (sister)!

Molly: I love you so much!

Hank: How many people in this house love Amália? (raises his hand)

Me:  (raise my hand) Hank makes one and I make two and papa makes three…

Molly: And ME! (raises her hand enthusiastically) And MEEEEE, mama. That four. Me makes four. I love me! I love me, too!

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Bedfordshire

conversations with hank

Me: (backing slowly out of Molly’s room) Good night, Ms. MaGoo. Enjoy your sweet dreams on the Island of Bedfordshire. (closing the door behind me)

Hank: (following me into my room and closing the door, speaking softly) Mom?

Me: (selecting my pajamas) Hum?

Hank: Where did you learn about Bedfordshire?

Me: What do you mean? Doesn’t everyone know about the magical Island of Bedfordshire? If I close my eyes I can see it now.  I am about to set sail myself and I suggest you aren’t too far behind, unless you’d like a ride in my boat.

Hank: Mom, seriously, where did YOU learn about it?

Me: I didn’t learn about Bedfordshire; I invented it.

Hank:

Me:

Hank:

Me: So you like wrote that story.

Me: Yes.

Hank: That, is so cool.

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Piscina (swimming pool)

conversations with hank and molly

Me: (sitting on one end of the sofa reading)

Molly: (sitting on the other end of the sofa watching Charlie and Lola eating grapes)

Me: (my peripheral vision pulls my attention to Molly who is tearing a grape in half and inspecting its guts, she then pokes at the grape flesh a bit before tugging up her t-shirt and squeezing the grape’s juice into her belly-button)

Molly: (absolutely delighted with herself giggles) LOOOK, MAMA! It’s like a piscina (swimming pool)! My belly button is a piscina (swimming pool)!

Me: (roaring with laughter)

Molly: (tries but fails to slurp the grape juice from its teeny-tiny swimming pool)

Me: (positively purple with laughter)

Molly: (joins in causing a mini grape juice tsunami)