esmé: i don't want to grow up.
me: oh, no! why not?! growing up is the most fantastic thing ever!
esmé: because i don't know what i want to be.
me: oh, that. over-rated. what you're going to be matters so much less than who you're going to be. and, man, mémé...you're already one of the most wonderful little whos i've ever met.
esmé: ok, then. i'll grow up for you. but i still don't know what i want to be.
me: just promise me two things, mé. be happy. and do something that'll save the world.
long pause, during which i'm certain her heart and soul are overflowing with that mother-of-the-year advice. i mean, if this was a movie about esmé saving the world, this...this...would be the opening scene, yes?
esmé: what whale?
esmé: you want me to save world the whale?
this conversation makes much more sense if you read it out loud and pronounce world and whale so similarly that you can't tell the difference between them.
if it helps, they both sound like whirl.
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