Last week, we were all in the car when Ella asked a question I had been dreading.
"Mommy, when can I get married?"
"When you're 30," I said.
"How about when I'm 39?" said Ella.
"Or, when your post-graduate studies are completed," said Corey.
I looked at Corey. "But I never completed a post-graduate program."
"Well, you shouldn't have gotten married."
"But Mommy, Ariel was 16 years old when she married Prince Eric. Why can't I get married when I turn 16?"
"Well," I said. "That's because Ariel was a mermaid. You're a human."
"Yeah, but she got legs and became a human."
"Yes, Ella, but she was BORN a mermaid. Even though she got legs, she was still a mermaid, so that's why she got to get married."
I turned to see Ella with her arms crossed and a, "hmph" look on her face.
"Well, when am I getting swim lessons?"
"Soon," I said. "But that isn't going to make you into a mermaid. You have to be BORN a mermaid."
And then a fight erupted in the back seat when Genna piped up by saying in a sing-songy voice, 'You can't get married, you can't get married."