Mom and Ben:
"Why aren't there any presents for us under the tree?"
"Because you are always around. I haven't had time to wrap when you aren't here. I work when you are at school."
"Well, maybe you should cut your hours."
Mom and Lucy discussing the fact that we don't whine.
"Hey, girl! This is Minnesota. We are a stoic people. Life's foibles don't creep into our voices-especially in the form of a whine."
"Mom, I was born in Wisconsin."