The scene was a corner booth at a family restaurant.
Charlotte and Nathaniel were entertaining each other between bites of their
dinner. Their parents and I were enjoying our meals and having the kind of
disjointed attempt at conversation that accompanies the activity of two lively
children. Suddenly, as Nathaniel raised an objection to something his
sister did, we were stopped in mid-sentence when the following came out of Charlotte’s mouth in a
very firm tone: