Pearls of wisdom from Madeleine, on various topics:
MADELEINE: Mommy? Don't they make ALL SHAPES really weird? Like, for example: a heart. It looks NOTHING like the real shape of a heart! And a star. A star is really a CIRCLE.
MADELEINE: Mommy! Come and see what I did in my room!
ME: Okay (entering Madeleine's room, to see she had cleaned up) Wow! It's clean!
MADELEINE: And also, Mommy. See? I moved my garbage can. But I did NOT move my Sleep-Mate, because if you move it even the TINIEST little bit-
ME: I know, it can loosen the plug.
MADELEINE: If you move it even the TINIEST little bit, it will be a CATASTROPHE.
On abstract art:
MADELEINE: Mommy, isn't it weird that people can just make a SHAPE, but with other things on it, it looks like a thing? Like, that circle is JUST a circle, but with things ON it, it looks like a CAT! And that squiggly like is the cat's tail. And then it looks like disconnected teeth, with a mouth over it, and then there's a bottle of hairspray!
Take a look. Can you see all of the objects that Madeleine sees in this painting?:
On time travel:
MADELEINE: Mommy? You can't say "we have everything we need," because...there could be something we're GOING to need in the FUTURE. So if you say we don't need that thing, it might mess up the future. And if you mess up something in the FUTURE, it will make all KINDS of problems. Mommy? You *literally* can't do anything about the past or the future, because time will keep going. So, say it will be, like, TWELVE-O-CLOCK where you are, and, like, EIGHT-OH-ONE where you are in the past.
Okay, my mind is blown. I need to go absorb myself in a nice piece-of-fluff beach read after all those philosophical musings.