I am sitting next to Ellen listening to her chattering, when suddenly she turns to me with a question: “Mama, what is your favorite word?” She pauses and then adds, “The last time I asked you this, you said ‘Love’.”
“Hmmm . . .” I say, thinking.
“My favorite word today,” Ellen says, “is membranes. Is that a word, Mama?”
“Yes, membranes is a word. I like how that sounds,” I reply, smiling. I realize now that she mostly wanted to tell me about her favorite word. But as for my favorite, I think I still choose Love.