Listening out the window, I heard Asa trying to join in playing "family camp-out" with Mariah and her friends.
In working out who would be who, they looked to Ivy, who always took charge, to confirm their roles.
Asa said brightly, "I want to be the dog!"
"We already have a dog," said Ivy. "But you can be the tree the dog pees on."
As I comforted him afterwards, I snickered a little, and he said, "Mama, you wouldn't laugh if she said it to you!"