"Hey Mom..." Tulip called to me. When she says "Mom" I know that she is initiating some role play game where I am the mother character and she is a daughter character. That's because my children all call me Mama.
"Oh? What is it daughter?" I respond to let Tulip know that I am in on her game.
We are playing in the sandbox and she eagerly whispers, "Do you want to play where you are the mother and your name is Clara and I'm your daughter and my name is Amy Amanda and we're going to make a sand garden and...I'm in college?"
Tulip will be five next week.
"Of course," I whisper back.
"Hey Mom, do you want to make a sand garden?"
"Sure Amy Amanda. Hey, how's college going?"
"Great." She smooths out the sand and plants some leaves in it. "Did you know that there are some toads that are as tall as humans?"
"Wow! I didn't know that Amy Amanda. Did you learn that in one of your college classes?"
"What's the name of that class?"
Yup, this girl has got her whole life figured out...well, at least up through college.