The other night - a feverish little 6-year-old climbed into bed with Paul and I to watch television.
A quick tangent - did you know it is not a great idea to have a TV in your bedroom? Apparently it's bad for your marriage. Paul and I didn't have one in our bedroom for about a year and then - damn it! He bought this awesome umpteen-inch flat screen with high definition. (pause) I think as long as you have one like that in your bedroom, it's fine for your marriage.
So, Ethan crawls in and we watch one of his favorite channels - The Food Network. It's airing one of the "challenges" - and it is a pumpkin carving contest.
Ethan: Is that cake?
Paul: No. It's a pumpkin.
Ethan: But is it a cake?
Paul: No, it's a pumpkin.
Ethan: So it's a cake.
Paul: Ethan. No. It's a pumpkin. They are carving a pumpkin.
Paul (laughing) No Ethan! A pumpkin! Not a cake - a pumpkin!
Ethan: I knowed - but is it a cake?
Oh. My. God. Seriously?
Me: No Ethan. You know how last year at Halloween we got pumpkins and we cut the top off and scooped out the insides and made a face on it and put a candle in it?
Me: That is what they are doing! They are making jack-o-lanterns!
Ethan: It's not a cake?
It must be the fever. Please - let it be the fever.