I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges.
Me: Time to go out.
Stella: I shall proceed to my special rain spot.
Me: Oh, all right. Wiggles! Sweetie!
Miss Sweetie: Double nope!
Me: Come on, y’all. Before the rain starts in earnest again.
Doodlebug: Are we in Earnest?
Me: No, earnest means…
Doodlebug: Then why do we care about Earnest?
Stella: She’s using her outdoor voice.
Wiggles: And that ugly NOW word. She has been using that more and more.
Me: Look. It is not raining right this minute, but that could change. Don’t balk. Use the opportunity.
Miss Sweetie: I’ll just go inside.
Me: No, you most assuredly won’t.
Miss Sweetie: It’s no big deal. You’ll just clean it up.
Stella: Good point. Cancel my special rain spot appointment.
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