(walking home from pre-school with our friend, Caitlin)
Molly: O meu João (my João) can jump off this step. (Molly jumps off the step)
Molly O meu João (my João) is not gonna believe this! Did you see me do that?!
Caitlin: Is João your friend at school?
Molly: O meu João (my João) is my best friend. O meu João (my João) can climb up this fence then race me then jump up into the sky!
Molly: Yah! (climbing up on to a large granite bench and jumping fearlessly off) O meu João (my João) can jump down like that.
Me: So can you! Well done.
Molly: O meu João (my João) jumps so high! (dashing up a neighbor building’s front steps) O meu João (my João) is not gonna believe I can do this. Watch me mama, watch me I’m brave. (jumps down two steps that walks the last step like a light rope walker)
Me: I bet you have fun playing with him.
Molly: He’s my number one babe.
Caitlin: (instant laughter)
Molly: Watch this! (skirting a ledge of marble outside a dry cleaners)
Me: (to Caitlin) Did she say João was her…? Wait what?
Caitlin: She said either babe or bae.
Me: I don’t even know what bae is!
Molly: (running ahead, declaring for all to hear) O meu João (my João) is my number one babe!
Me: (watching her go, curls bouncing) She said babe.
Caitlin: She sure did.
*BAE is new slang, short for babe, but also an acronym for Before Anyone Else.