Molly: (face buried in a book) Scared a cat where everyone is sleeping. (turns page)
Hank: Mana (sister), it is time to go to sleep.
Molly: NO, mano (brother)! I reading! Dog on a boy where everyone is sleeping (turns page)
Hank: But mana (sister), I’m tired and it is very late and mama already read you that book…
Me: (entering the room with a drip of water for each of my children served fancily in stemmed Port wine glasses) Twice.
Molly: NO! I reading (turns page)!
Me: Oh, but did you know that if you put a book, a very special book that you love with all your heart under your pillow at night the story will become your dreams.
Hank: (sipping his water, eyebrows raised, suspect) Mom.
Me: (adopting an air of Mary Poppins) Magic is real as long as you believe it or make it so for others, mano (brother).
Hank: (shifting gears) Mama is right, mana (sister). It’s true! I do it allllllllll the time.
Me: Me, too!
Molly: (finishing her water) Me, too-too! Please?
Me: Well alright, but you have to go to sleep.
Molly: (excited) Okay! (hands me back her empty glass and tucks her favorite book under her pillow) Like this?
Me: Exactly, now close your eyes and turn the pages of your book in your imagination and the story will become your dreams!
Hank: (hands me back his empty glass) Good night, mama.
Me: Good night, buddy.
Molly: SHHHHhhhhhhh, I reading-dreaming!