Being stuck in traffic (couldn't let a post go by without mentioning traffic, could I??) provides you with the chance to talk with your kids--A LOT.
At one point yesterday while Natalia and I inched our way to fetch Katya, she asked me the strangest question...
Natalia: "Where do they keep the Grandmother Machine?"
Me: "Huh? What do you mean?"
Natalia: "The GRANDMOTHER MACHINE!"
Me: (still not "getting it") "I really don't know what you mean..."
Natalia: (increasingly impatient) "The Grandmother Machine!!!! The machine that makes you into a grandmother! Is it at the hospital?"
Me: (STILL not sure what she meant...) "Can you explain it a little more?"
Natalia: "When Katya and I have babies at the hospital, is the grandmother machine there, too? The machine that makes you OLD the day our babies are born?"
Me: (thinking "OUCH!") "No... So... you think I'll look really old when I become a grandmother? How will I look different?"
Natalia: (thinking for QUITE a while) "Um... I'M not going to tell you... I don't want you mad at ME!"
If only you could have heard her voice as she delivered that last line... It was sooooo funny...