Tonight as we were getting ready for bed, I decided to throw a little pretend-play chaos at Bud. I climbed up onto his stool at the sink and announced, "I'm ready to brush my teeth, Mom!"
"No, I'm not Mom," he said. "I'm Bud."
"I'm pretending," I said. "You be Mom and I'll be Bud. I'm ready to brush my teeth, Mom!"
Bud paused, considered the situation, and developed a strategy before he spoke.
"Say, Bud?" he asked.
"Yes?" I replied, eagerly awaiting the rest of his question.
"Can you be Mom?"