Bookstore conversations, part 2

P: Ooh! What’s this thing?
Me: It’s a train whistle.
P: We should take this home and add it to our musical instruments.
Me: We already have a lot of musical instruments at home. I don’t think we need any more. A train whistle is very noisy and it’s only for train conductors to use.
P: I think I want to be a train conductor.
Me: Well, when you grow up you can be whatever you want. But you’re still little and we don’t need a train whistle right now.
P: We do. Trust me. [she then reassuringly puts her hand on my shoulder] Let’s do this.
I did not buy the whistle and I told her to ask Santa for one. Hopefully she’ll have forgotten about it by Christmas.


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