Today L added another chorus line to her collection. E handed out Cheez-its as we were driving home: one for L, and one each for herself and for me. As is custom, L can eat hers whenever she wants but I must hold on to mine so we can clink crackers and toast Cheers! Today L didn't eat her cracker. She held on to it, and joined our salutation with a mighty EER!
[This week, station wagons. Next week, beer gardens.]
So we drove through sun glare and pollen smog and traffic, carb-loading and EER!ing all the way home. And E was so delighted that L joined our toasts, and L was so delighted to have unlocked one more verbal mystery. And I was so delighted to preside over backseat family harmony.
Then we got home and E asked for some dried raspberries. I opened the tub and sat on the couch between my lovely girls. I handed each girl a berry and offered, "cheers?"
They scowled at me and snarled in stereo. NO!!
Apparently you don't do that with raspberries. What was I thinking.