My daughter Scout has an answer for everything. If she gets caught doing something that she isn't supposed to be doing she has a quick response in her back pocket that usually makes me stop and have to change directions. She has caught me a few times and I have ended up blubbering the stereotypical "because I'm the mom...that's why" excuse.
Last night I went to check on her about 30 minutes after lights out. I noticed a thin line of light coming from under her door. As I approached the door the light suddenly went out. When I went into the room she was sitting up in bed, in the dark, with two books. She looked up and because it was dark I couldn't read the expression on her face. So I simply said, "Scout, what are you doing?"
"I was checking to see if I can read in the dark. I can't. Good to know. Goodnight!"
Then she laid down and closed her eyes.
I really didn't have anything to say after that. I guess I could have busted her on the light that I saw. I also could have yelled at her for disobeying and then basically lying about it...
But the kid was reading AND she came up with a smart come back. I was actually I little proud. So I closed the door and walked away with a grin on my face.
I think I see her standing in front of a courtroom someday.