A true conversation between Stink and Rex tonight. I was folding towels, Rex was hugging him good night.
Stink: Papa, did you know that Ella at school doesn't like me anymore?
Papa: Really? What happened?
Stink: I don't know. She says I pushed her. (Pause) But I didn't. But that's okay. Because Mommy says girls are crazy sometimes.
Papa: What else did your mama say?
Stink: She said that one time she was mad at you and told you that she didn't like you much, but that you said she was silly.
Laughter from both.
Papa: Is that all you talked about?
Stink: No. She told me that even if girls don't like me, or sometimes my eyes do a little tic, that I'm still perfect. Because God made that way.
Rex: Well, you are perfect. Anything else she told you?
Stink: That I'm cute. (Pause) And I'm going to kick some ass.