Me: Happy Birthday, girl! You are 9 years old today!
Stella: Does that mean I can drive a car?
Me: No. That’s not ever going to happen, no matter how old you are.
Stella: Unfair. I watched you the other day. It’s not so hard. Now that I’m 9, can I pick out my own food?
Me: No, I think we should stick with the healthy stuff you already eat.
Stella: So what good is it being 9 years old?
Me: Well, humans like to think that we are a year wiser.
Stella: Lady Human, you know as well as I do that humans are silly creatures who think all sorts of crazy things. Wiser? Where’s the evidence?
Now, let’s get down to birthday business and talk seriously about cheese and peanut butter crackers.
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