Mr. D: Let Tama pitch. She's a great pitcher. She can throw it to heaven.
Then, a little later: Here, Mama, you can have this last bite. I know you like crusts.
Me: Thank you, sweetie, that's very kind of you.
A few minutes later:
Mr. D: You know, it's a little bit harder to be kind to the people in your family.
Me: Really? How so?
Mr. D: Well, you can't say things like, "So how was your day?" because you were with them, so it doesn't make sense to ask.
Me: So you mean that some of the ways of kindly showing interest aren't really available to you if you're talking about family members?
Mr. D: Right. (pause) But kisses and hugs do the trick.
Update: Yes, he actually said "do the trick." And yes, we are the luckiest moms ever.