Last night Big Kid wandered into my room holding his toothbrush and came over for a hug.
"Goodnight hug before teeth brushing?" I asked, since this is not the order the nighttime routine goes.
"Nope. Two hugs," he answered. "If that's okay," he quickly added.
"Uh, yeah, that's okay. I'm like the Oprah Winfrey of hugs -- YOU get a hug, and YOU get a hug, and YOU ALL GET HUGS!!"
"Mmkay. You're not like Oprah though."
"Actually, I am. I didn't want to say anything because I didn't want it to go to your heads, but I am actually Oprah Winfrey."
They stared back at me, unamused and unaffected because they've been raised with this bullshit.
"But you're not."
"Prove that you are."
"Well, have you ever seen Oprah and I in the same room?"
"No. But I've seen Oprah fully dressed in front of a live studio audience while you were sitting on that couch in your stretch pants."
"Yeah, that's pre-recorded though. I do that while you're in school. And these are yoga pants, I'm an athlete."
"Alright. There's the fact that you're not rich."
"I'm humble. Modest. Classy about it."
"Okay. Well, I think the main issue is with you not being black."
"Prove that I'm not."
"It's a state of mind, really. And stage lighting is tricky to get right."
"Okay, well, you're not Oprah."
"I'll skip the second hug."
"You still have to pay taxes on that first one, though."