M: Can I have more peanuts?
Me: Yes, but just a few more - this is a snack and not a meal. [doles out a small handful of peanuts]
M: Aaah! I dropped a peanut on the floor! And that's bad, because peanuts are good for you!
Me: That's all right.
(A few minutes later)
M: Can I have one more peanut? Because I dropped one on the floor.
Me: That's enough for now.
M: Pleeeeeease? PLEASE! JUST ONE MORE!
Me: You've had enough.
M: NO! NEVER!
C: Now, don't get yourself in trouble over a peanut.
M: IF! YOU! DON'T! GIVE! ME! A! PEANUT! [thoughtful pause] I! WILL! MAKE! YOU! GO! AWAY!
Me: [laughs -- sorry! I couldn't help myself!] You would make your dad go away over one peanut?
M: Both of you!
Me: No more peanuts.
M: AAAAAAAAAAH! [stomps to drawing table]
(a few minutes later)
M: [all smiles] Hey, I drew a pirate!
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