Like moms everywhere, JCK is an expert at repeating herself. Over and over and over again.
O.K., guys, time to clean up. Dinner is in 5 minutes. Please go wash your hands.
BOY? GIRL? Time to clean up. We're going to eat in 5 minutes. Wash hands!
In Unison: Oh....Moooom, do we HAVE to?
JCK: Yes, you do.
BOY: Mean ol' mattress!
JCK: Mean ol' mattress????
BOY: GIRL made it up.
JCK: GIRL, where did you hear that?
GIRL: Oh, I made it up. It just came into my head one day, when you showed us that mattress outside in the rain.
JCK is grateful for GIRL's creative use of language. JCK knows that it is far better to be a mean ol' mattress than a washed up ol' mattress...