On the drive to school this morning with Zayd, 9, and Ethan, 6.
Zayd: (in a monotone and depressed sounding voice) Next week is Christmas.
Me: I know! It's so exciting!
Ethan: I am excited for presents!
Zayd: (sigh) I am sad.
Zayd: I keep thinking about Valentines Day last year.
Me: Why are you thinking about Valentines Day last year?
Zayd: Because it was a very bad day for me.
Ethan: Why? Why was it bad?
Zayd: Because you (Ethan) hit me that day and hurt me.
Me: Zayd? How about we stay in the present, huh? We were talking about how exciting Christmas will be. Why do you need to bring up something yucky when we are talking about something happy?
Zayd: Because I am a negative person.