Toni: “Why is it that every door-to-door Christian woman has thick ankles? And is badly dressed?”
Me: “I don’t know about the thick ankles, but I’d think they’re trying to dress plainly, sort of that humble Quaker thing. Or Puritan.”
Toni: “If Jesus didn’t want us to dress well, He wouldn’t have made fashion designers.”
Me: “That’s a valid point.”
Toni: “If I was the King of the Universe, I’d want my people looking good when they represent me.”
Me: “So you’d, what, put them in a snappy uniform?”
Toni: “No, no uniforms — they can pick what they like, as long as it looks good on them. And they wouldn’t have thick ankles, that’s for sure. My disciples would be the best-looking people.”
Three in a row:
Me (Complaining about post-workout-exhaustion): I thought working out was supposed to make me stronger.
Toni: You are stronger. You don’t cry nearly as much as you used to.
Minutes later, in the car driving home — and apropos of nothing — she said:
“Do you think if small children were left out in the sun that they would be more likely to melt? I mean really small children. Like, new ones. Because their bones haven’t, you know, congealed yet.”
And then, trying to find good music on the radio, she punched buttons to get away from heavy metal screaming, and then Rod Stewart, and then Huey Lewis and the News — but nothing made her punch the button harder and faster than a few seconds of a small child’s voice as part of a radio commercial. Then, when I pointed that out, she said,
“Yeah. There’s nothing I hate more than turning on the TV and seeing little kids talking. Or pooping. Or whatever it is they do.”