It's like watching an iceberg melt. It might take a while, but it still melts.
"Mommy, please can we get a kitty? Pleeeeeaaase?" she asked.
"Sweetie, no, not now."
"Because it's not the right time. We have 3 dogs. Coco wouldn't do well with a cat. And then there's the litterbox...."
"But I'll take care of it, I promise!"
"No, baby, I don't think so. You're gonna have to wait a while before we get a cat."
"Why do I have to wait a while? Why do I have to wait?"
"Because it's not always a good thing to get what you want right away. Sometimes, you have to wait to get what you really want...."
At this point, her Daddy exited the bathroom, and at just that moment, I continued: "...and eventually, if it works out, you get it. Your Daddy is still waiting for The Perfect Wife."
I looked over to see if he heard me just in time to see him lower his head and grin widely. Even after all this time, it is still nice to see him laugh at something I said like that, to render him speechless with something simple.
"Your Mama is perfect," he said.
Of course he did. He was just at the level of the bed that if he hadn't said that, or something, he'd have been speechless....and doubled over.