Mary: We have to interview four family members for English. I'm going to do Tyce, Harrison, Cameron, and Katie.
Me: Not one of your parents?
Mary: No offense, Mom, but I don't want to listen to your stories about life in the 1900s.
Me: I really admire people who have large families. To be a good mom to 8 or more kids, you have to be on the ball 100% of the time. I'm on the ball, say 72% of the time.
Mary: IF THAT.
Mary: You know it's weird. I always knew I was shy but now I'm starting to think I'm anti-social.
Me: Why's that?
Mary: In my classes people . . . they know things about me. Just regular stuff. But they pay attention, you know?
Me: Why is that strange?
Mary: It's like they see me as a person . . . and I see them as things to be avoided.
Mary: You know that guy I like in my art class? Turns out he's gay.
Me: How do you know?
Mary: He asked me if I had a boyfriend and I was hopeful, like, Where are you going with this? And then he said, "Because I do."
Me: What would you have said if he HAD asked you out though?
Mary: I would have just told him I can't date until I'm 16 . . . because I would NOT have told that boy no.