On precision.

[Allie is gently squeezing clementine pieces and then moving certain ones from the pile to a neat stack on the other side of her plate.]

What are you up to, kiddo?

I am palpating each segment, and then filing them. These ones [indicates the tidy stack] require further attention because they contain seeds.

On my work here is done.

[I start the car, and CNN lights up on the satellite radio.]

You know, Mum, just for future reference, I really do prefer the BBC.

On revelations.

You know what, Mum? I feel like I’ve been so focused on the potential for walking the dog with our neighbour that I’ve been letting the days pass by without enjoying them properly.

[Becomes deadly serious.]

MY LIFE WAS SLIPPING AWAY AND I DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE.

Which is particularly bad, because I don’t think she really even meant it when she offered.

On plans.

Mum, can we talk about my sleepover at Gram’s this week sometime soon?

Yes!

I feel it is important to come to a consensus on a few points.

On amusing oneself.

Sometimes I mentally rotate rooms or entire buildings inside my head – I try them out at 45°, 90°, 180°, and 270°. It’s useful if I have a minute or two to spare.

On being a weirdo.

I’m taking my dictionary to camp today.

Oh?

Sometimes there’s a little time before things get started and I’d like to get in some new words while I wait.

On new friends.

I made a new friend at camp today.

Oh, cool!

She’s from France. Which is lucky, really.

How so?

I’m very interested in the history of France, with a particular emphasis on the Battle of Agincourt.

True.

Unfortunately, she didn’t seem to know much about that.

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