7yo, newly obsessed with secret clubs and passwords, mysteries and spies, informs his 5yo friend that the get past the guards in front of the bush house they created together, all who would dare enter must provide the password.
5yo, recently obsessed with laws, justice, and inclusion: "That is against the law! This is a public park. We can't have passwords. All children have the right to play here. You can't break the law! Everybody has rights!"
7yo, intending to give any child who wanted to play the password, not to exclude anyone but just to play this new game, tried to reassure 5yo. But then he went right back to the password idea. "Do you promise to tell no one the password?"
5yo: "Well, I have to tell my mother and father because I tell them everything and it would be like lying if I kept it from them."
7yo, now frustrated: "Fine!"
5yo: "So what is the password?"
5yo: "What IS it?"
7yo: "The password is PASSWORD! No one will guess THAT."
I am the mother of the 7yo--but two years ago, my son would have made the same comments the 5yo did. Are these just developmental stages?
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Speaking of comments:
Yesterday Sheepish Annie wrote in the comments that she was not talented enough to be a writer. Don't believe her. Her marvelous blog is a cross between the Yarn Harlot and The Panopticon. Go check it out!