Soon after our move back to Montclair, NJ…
Cassie: What are you guys watching?
Chloe: “Cake Boss.”
Cassie: What? Really?! Do you have to?
Charlie: Come on, Mom. We’re getting our inner Jersey back.
(I leave the great room and head for the kitchen, but from there I can clearly hear the rest of the kids’ conversation.)
Charlie: Is that even a word? The “Pffft” thing?
Chloe: No. It’s just a sound that erupts from her mouth.
Charlie: Actually, it’s a Jersey sound….pffft…when you think about it.
Chloe: Hmmm….I’ve heard YOU say it a million times.
Charlie: What do ya think? I learned it from her! (Pause.) So I guess her inner Jersey’s coming back.
Chloe: It never really left.
Charlie: True. Pffft…..