We were watching tv together. Caroline turned to me and cleared her throat.
Caroline: We're real, right?
Mama: Oh definitely. We're real.
Caroline: We aren't drawings or characters, right?
Caroline: We're real and we think our own things. And we live a real life, right?
Mama: Yes, I promise you that you are real and alive.
Caroline: And no one controls our thoughts.
Mama: No one.
Caroline: [suspiciously] No one that you know, anyway.