One of the neighborhood kids rang the doorbell asking if S2 could come out to play. The weather has been unseasonably warm the past couple of days and was in the 70s today.
S2, who would have preferred to play in her room with dolls, was persuaded to come out.
"Can I and A- go play in the park?" she asked.
"Okay," I said, "but come back in an hour because you have a New Year's eve party to go to."
She went out to get her watch (more to show the watch off to A- than to actually use it), looked at the time and asked whether she could come back at 6 o'clock (it was 4.50pm).
"Okay," I told her.
And then she whispered hoarsely to her friend, "let's go! let's go before my dad changes his mind! We can get to play for 70 minutes!"