Spending time with my nieces and nephews is always an adventure, from hearing about my car being too small, letting me in on their “family secrets” (dad farts…) and explaining their “big” complaint about life not being fair (…not always getting their way…).
Today was spent ferrying around two of my nieces, 11 and 9.
We were discussing something super important, I don’t remember the topic! The littlest, in the back seat being obtuse and making broad snappy sweeping statements directed at her older sister.
And then my eldest niece said something so unexpected.
Growing up she loved listening to adults share stories. I’ve told my fair share of stories. One story in particular has evidently made its mark. The story involved an old boss of mine and the go-to-question he’d ask us when challenging the statements we’d make when we wanted his support.
So as we were travelling along the highway at break-neck speed (faster than walking), the littlest niece was goading her older sister into an argument.
That is when my eldest niece quietly pulled out my old bosses favourite challenging question and asked her little sister, “Would you bet your future house on that statement?”
(Artwork from when they were “kids”, before they started saying adult-like statements, can we stop them from growing up!!)