At the dinner table, where she had a platter of creamy vegetable soup and shaved turkey (and some other things not important to the story).
Caroline: Hey Mama, have you ever dipped turkey in soup?
Mama: I have had turkey in soup, but I have never dipped turkey in soup.
Caroline: Well! Watch and learn! Step one, dip. [dipped] Step two, eat. [ate]
Mama: Thanks for that lesson. I'd never have figured that out!
Caroline: And don't forget... Step three, enjoy!
Mama: Caroline, do not use your tutu as a napkin.
Caroline: What? It's not on my leotard or anything.
Mama: Clothes are not napkins. Never wipe your hands on your clothes! It is no fun washing stains out of your stuff.
Caroline: I don't know what to tell you, Mama. [patted me on the shoulder] Life is... life.