"Children are tough, though we tend to think of them as fragile. They have to be tough. Childhood is not easy. We sentimentalize children, but they know what's real and what's not. They understand metaphor and symbol. If children are different from us, they are more spontaneous. Grown-up lives have become overlaid with dross."
*Note: Johnnie pushed the button (pushing buttons is one of her life's great pleasures) to take this photo all by herself.
**Note: "Dross" even sounds like a buzzkill word, right?