This morning, the kids had a weather-related school delay. I let the boys sleep, and settled myself onto the sofa with my new NY Times crossword-puzzle-a-day calendar (best birthday give EVER from my wonderful husband!). A little while later, Jack came downstairs and curled up next to me.
Jack; Mom? Are crossword puzzles hard to do?
Me: Mmm... sometimes. But this one seems pretty easy so far.
Jack: Can you find a clue for me to solve?
I scanned the list of clues and found one -- 31 down, "A gift of the Magi." It was five letters, beginning with "M." I knew it was "myrrh," and hoped with Christmas just two weeks ago, he'd remember the answer.
Me: OK, Jack. Here you go. (I pointed to the clue.) Remember the three Wise Men? It's one of the gifts they brought to Baby Jesus.
Me: Well, remember... they brought gold, frankincense and....
Jack: (thinking really hard) Um... a ham?
After we both stopped laughing, Jack rationalized that after all that work of having a baby, Mary must've been hungry.