This is a conversation I had with my 6-year old niece, Leslie. This was after dinner, when she and her brother, Griffin, had both thanked me for dinner at least twice and told me that I "cook good food". Leslie & I were making cookies together.
Leslie: I can't wait for the cookies to be done! I'm going to watch them cook.
Me: Okay - you let me know when they're nice and golden brown.
Leslie: Yes! And then we will eat them. They will be SO good, because you cook good food!
Me, laughing: Thanks, Lili.
Leslie: And when you grow up, you should be a cook!
Me: That's a good idea. But then I can't be a teacher.
Leslie: You don't have to do that. You can be whatever you want to be!
Me: Good point. Good point.