me: micah, i forgot to tell you that chuck e cheese said happy half birthday to you.
micah: he did? then how come he didn't give me a present?
me: he'll give you a present if you go there. he'll give you tokens to play games, and then you can get tickets for prizes.
micah: oh. remember when we went there last time and joel was scared of him?
me: how about you, were you scared of him?
micah: no, because i know he's not real.
me: are you sure he's not real?
micah: ya, because it's a costume. and i saw a net where his mouth is. it's just like mickey mouse. when i was taking a picture with him, i looked under his head and saw a net. it's all fake.
me: what?!!!! but i love mickey mouse!!! i think he's real!
micah: nah, it's fake mom.
me: but i still think he's real. can i still love mickey mouse?
micah: ya sure.
me: do you still love mickey mouse?
micah: i still love mickey mouse.
i could tell that malia was having a hard time on who she agreed with. it's a fine line. she always has questions. she's a true believer in magic and fairy tells. but other kids always make her wonder if things/people are real. don't even get me started with her questions on God and faith. i always tell her it's real if she believes in it. she will figure it all out on her own.