Chatting With Lexi: On Spending Time

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I’m talking to you.

I have to admit that my nearly 8-year old (her birthday is Friday) never ceases to amaze me with what she thinks about. Once, about a month ago, I brought up the idea of making difficult hypothetical choices, such as, “What would you rather be, stranded on a desert island or stuck in a building you can never get out of?” She said the building because there might be a phone there and she could call someone to pick her up. Good explanation, even if it did miss the greater point, but that’s Lexi — always inquisitive.

Now, almost like clockwork, every other night she’ll bring up a choice. This was our latest chat…

Lexi: Dad, you know that choice thing?

Me: Uh, what choice thing?

Lexi: You know, like when I was in that building. And I chose the building instead of the island.

Me: Oh yeah. What about that choice thing?

Lexi: Give me another one!

Me: I don’t know. Would you rather… spend the day on your iPad, be outside all day playing, or go with your mother to work?

Lexi: Um…

Me: Take your time and think about it.

Lexi: I know. I know. I think I know. I want to go with mommy to her work.

Me: [after a pause] Wow. I’m shocked. What made you decide that?

Lexi: Because I get time on my iPad, but I don’t get to see mommy at work. It would be cool.

Me: Would you want to be a librarian [what her mother does] someday?

Lexi: I don’t know. Maybe if I saw mommy at work.

Me: Did you know they have a “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day”?

Lexi: When? Tomorrow?

Me: [laughing] No. I actually don’t know when it is, but I’m sure your mother would love to bring you then.

Lexi: Ooh, I want to go tomorrow.

Me: It’s not tomorrow.

Lexi: So can I have my iPad now?

Sam

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