Conversation with Caleb, just a few minutes before the bus came:
Holly: Did you go to the potty?
Caleb: Yes. (pause) But I didn’t put the seat up this time. And I didn’t pee on it, so it was okay.
Holly: Well, that’s good. But I’d still rather you put the seat up when you go.
Caleb: Why? I hardly EVER get pee on the seat.
Holly: So you do sometimes?
Caleb: Hardly ever.
Holly: Well, let’s turn hardly ever into never by putting up the seat when you pee.
Caleb: (dramatic sigh) Can’t I just be carefuller?
Holly: Yes. Be more careful. With the seat up.
Caleb: (long pause) Daddy doesn’t put the seat up.
Holly: That’s interesting information. Thank you for sharing that.
(Bus turns the corner)
Caleb: (Big sigh.) Another day at school. I sometimes don’t like peeing at school because D___ always tries to listen when people go. Girls shouldn't listen to boys pee. I don’t like that. Well, see ya, mom. When I get home, I’ll try to remember to put the seat up when I go to the bathroom.
Holly: I appreciate that.
Caleb: Don’t forget I want a snack when I get home. Maybe popcorn. Or an apple. Don’t forget.
Holly: I would never. I love you, buddy!
Caleb: (Running down the driveway.) I love you mom! See you later!