I hear the padding of what Alice calls 'nakey feet' in the hallway. Jane walks into the kitchen.
Me: Not sleepy?
She slept on the way home from the beach this afternoon. I understand.
Jane: What are you doing?
Me: Making tomato sauce.
Jane: Can I help?
Me: That's very nice, Janey, but you should probably do something quiet. Why don't you get out your pad and pencil crayons and draw pictures with me here in the kitchen.
Erin joins her at the kitchen table and they draw a monster together. It has a yellow face, orange horns, light green ears with dark green spots, red teeth, and pink claws.
Erin: This is very scary.
Jane: I know.
Erin: (getting out her black pencil crayon) What shall we call it?
Jane: "Fire Belly Monster With Penis."
Erin: (pauses slightly, then writes) OK...
Jane turns four on Sunday. She has requested mussels and chocolate cake.