4-year-old Henry and 7-year-old Rose came downstairs, Henry teary-eyed and yelling, and Rose exasperated. Rose said, “He said ‘Choose what you want to write,’ so I wrote, ‘Awesome,’ and he says he doesn’t want me to write ‘Awesome,’ but he said I could choose what I wanted!”
[Stop here. Do you have the wisdom of Solomon? Have you guessed how to resolve the dispute?]
I ask Henry, “Did you want her to write the words, ‘Choose what you want to write’?
I turn to Rose. “He didn’t want you to choose what you wanted to write. He wanted you to write the WORDS, ‘Choose what you want to write.'”
Rose laughs. “Oh! I was like, ‘I writed what I wanted to write!’ and he was like ‘I didn’t want you to write those words!'”
Update: I just found a piece of paper on my desk that says, in Rose’s handwriting, “What do you choose?” Underneath, in Mabel’s handwriting, it says, “I choose being the ruler of the world and winning $100,000. I also choose brown.”