Hank: I have been thinking about a story you should write.
Me: (sitting down) Tell me everything.
Hank: It is a story about love of a prince and a princess but the princess does not come first.
Hank: She comes later, but first the prince, named Strong King, lives with his mother and his father in a castle in China when they had castle.
Me: You mean Imperial China? And they were more palaces then castles. In Imperial China they focused on building a large wall instead of individual castles.
Hank: Ok. And the love happens in the fall.
Me: I have a theory about a fall romance I will tell you then you are older and ready for a romance of your own.
Hank: A fall romance between a prince and a princess who happens to be a normal girl. Once upon a time in Imperial China there was a girl named Jeni and she was a dumpling maker with a magical pan that made 500 dumplings in one second. She made the dumplings by hand the pan made the rice.
Me: That would be a good princess to have.
Hank: Now the prince had a beautiful palace with his mother and his father and he respected education and went to learn everyday and he had sweat corn cereal and milk every day for breakfast.
Me: What was his name?
Hank: Prince Strong King.
Me: That’s right. Good foreshadowing. How did he meet Jeni?
Hank: Who is Jeni?
Me: The soon to be princess with the magical rice cooker.
Hank: Um… Well… (pause) I think I am done story telling because I have nothing left in my brain. Can I tell you the rest tomorrow?
Me: Of course.
Hank: And can we have a snack now? I think my hungriness stole my story.
Me: OH MAN! This whole European living thing has really messed up my priorities!
Me: I cannot believe it. (facepalm) You cannot tell anyone about this. They will take away my mommy card. They will send you to live with a proper Midwestern family who will give you macaroni and cheese and other assorted casseroles.
Hank: Mommy. I won’t tell anyone.
Me: Good. We simply can’t. I am so sorry, Hank. Where have I been for the last 6.5 years?
Hank: Mama, calm down. I want to eat the pizza toast. I know I am going to love the pizza toast. We will tell no one about not having the pizza toast until today.