NICK: Mommy, I had a dream last night.
ALLISON: What was it?
NICK: I was on an unfriendly planet where life…EXISTS!
(Long, befuddled pause)
NICK: *Sigh* I was on an unfriendly planet where life exits.
ME: What planet was it?
NICK: The really hot one.
ALLISON: (to ME) Nice job.
ME: (to ALLISON) Thanks. (to NICK) And how did you know that there was life on this planet?
NICK: There was a man just walking along saying “Do dee do dee do.” But he couldn’t walk because his feet was too hot and he was saying “Ow! Ow!”
ME: I see.
NICK: How they cool that planet down?
ME: Well, I don’t think we know how to do that.
NICK: I know how.
NICK: Okay. Well. We get a space ship. And we take a hose. And we fly out of the atmosphere. And we take the hose to… what’s it?
NICK: Mercury. And we turn on the water and we cool it down.
ME: Good idea. And how do we connect the hose to a water faucet?
NICK: Hmmm… We have to make a big long hose. Then we stick it in a hole.
ALLISON: Good plan.
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