My niece, P, is in third grade.
"Hi Uncle Dan."
(voice of my mother in background: "Tell him where you are!")
"Uncle Dan, I'm at Grandma's house."
Yes, I see that from the caller ID.
(Mom: "Tell him what you're doing!")
What are you up to?
("Tell him you're baking cookies!")
"Grandma and I are baking cookies."
That sounds fun.
("Tell him what today was!")
"Um..." (confused pause)
So, P, what did you do today?
"Today was our first day of school."
("Tell him what else you did today!")
Do you know what Grandma wants you to tell me?
Are you confused with both me and Grandma talking at once?
("Tell him about your soccer game!")
("Tell him how you scored a goal!")
Do you like school?
("Tell him what else happened today!")
Do you like your teacher?
("Tell him you went for pizza!")
"She's alright. But she's very strict."
Well, then don't make her mad.
("Tell him your sister got her new Hannah Montana scarf!")
What else is new?
("Okay, it's time to take out the cookies!")
"Um...I have to go."
Yes, I hear that. Okay, I will talk to you later. Can you put Grandma on the phone?
Mom, what are you doing?
"We're baking cookies, didn't P tell you?"
But I can barely get a sentence out of her with you telling her what to say!
"Well excuse me for wanting you to have a conversation with your own niece."