A little boy sat quietly, eating his lunch contentedly while Mommy bustled about the kitchen. "Mommy? Is it nigh-nigh time?" he asked.
"Yep, almost, Buddy," replied Mommy.
He chewed on his cookie some more. He had already known the answer, but was trying to postpone the nap as long as possible. He decided to try a different approach. "But, I wan' stay out of my bed and play sum'more."
Mommy reached over and tousled his hair. "Well, you can do that after nap time is over, okay?"
"Okay..." he deliberated inwardly for a moment, but continued on "...but I don' wanna tay' ka nap."
A pointed look was directed at the crumb-covered face, "Do we argue with Mommy?"
He didn't hesitate with that answer: "No." He paused, and chewed thoughtfully. "But Daddy ahwayz arga-yous wi' you and you ahwayz arga-you wi' Daddy."
Mommy laughed and said, "Yes, sometimes we do argue, huh?"
The crumb-covered child laughed, too. "Yeah. You guys arga-you sometimes."
Mommy leaned down to clean off the messy face and fingers. The boy reached up to give hugs, then scampered off to his room as Mommy followed close behind. The nap time debate was over, and he knew there was no point in fighting it. She tucked him in tightly and placed a kiss on his forehead. "G'night, Buddy. I love you."
"'Nigh-nigh, Mommy. Wuv you, too. See you in a leedle bit," he answered and slowly drifted off to sleep.