It is time to say good night. Gerard, 7, gives Mom a hug and gentle kiss, then lays his head on her shoulder. Dreamily, he murmurs, “You’re more precious than gold and silver combined.”
Suddenly, Gerard lets go of Mom and sits up. He has switched from sweet reverie into Practical Mode.
“But…” he says, gazing at her thoughtfully, “but that would make you bronze!”