Yesterday I was babysitting my nephews while their parents attended the funeral of our dear friend Doug's mother, Joan. At one point, contemplating the holidays, I looked around the living room area of my parents' home and, thinking aloud but vaguely wanting to include the children, said, "I wonder what Gram and Papa would like?"
Four year old Nicholas looked up and offered, without missing a beat, "Better listening?"
Does that sound like a direct quote or what? I can just hear my father beseeching the boys to listen more attentively.