Cai and Cael, age two, were in the bathtub together playing with plastic Easter eggs.
Cael, the more scientifically minded of the two, decided to run an experiment.
First, Cael discovered that the wider, shorter portion of the egg better cups his man parts.
Second, Cael filled a half of an egg with his urine. This exhibited the excellent bladder control that has come with potty training, as he was able to turn his faucet on and then off to ensure that the liquid level was just so.
Third, Cael discovered temperature variences between his urine and the bath water. He marked this discovery by shouting, “Mommy! My pee is hot!”
That when I made my parental error.
I questioned the validity of Mr. Cael’s experiment. “Well,” I said, “your pee is warm. It’s not actually hot, sweetheart.”
Obviously, Cael disagreed. I could see it on his face. Searching for a way to prove his discovery legitimately, he clearly understood the need for independent authentication.
When Cai wasn’t looking, Cael poured his pee on Cai’s head. Who yelled, “Hey! That’s hot!”
Cael turned to me. “See, Mommy?” he said.
I conceded the point.