Me: "Bella, you are not wearing that nice dress to play around the house. Save it for church and school."
Bella: "But I WAAAAANT to wear it! PLEEEEEEASE!"
Me: "I said no."
(silence, heavy with pondering)
Bella: "Mommy, can I ask you a question?"
Me: (bracing myself) "Sure."
Bella: "Mom. Is it, or is it not summer right now?"
Me: "It is summer, yes."
Bella: "And what time of year is the right time to wear a SUN-DRESS?"
Me: "That would be summer time."
Bella: "And is this dress a sun-dress? Remember, Grandmommy told me that it IS."
Me: "Yes, that is a sun-dress."
Bella: (triumphantly) "WELL, THEN! It is perfectly fine for me to wear this dress today, isn't it?"
Me: "Nope. Sorry, Perry Mason, but you're not putting on that dress today."
Bella: "I am NOT Perry Mason, and I don't even know who that is, but you are just wrong about this whole dress thing."