The Boy and I were sitting at the dining room table this morning after he’d eaten breakfast but before it was time to leave for school. He had just finished writing his spelling words for the test today.

Me: Go put your belt on.

The Boy (making sarcastic quote marks in the air): Put your belt on. Put your belt on. Everyone tells me to put my belt on.

Me: You know what would stop that?

The Boy: If I put my belt on.