This morning I informed Ellie that she would be showering after swimming lessons. Knowing full well that I was going get an earful of why she didn't really need to shower today, that perhaps some other day, sometime in the vague and distant future would suffice, I added, "No ifs, ands, or buts, Missy."
She looked at me and very sincerely said, "Okay, Mom. I wasn't going to say 'if' or 'and' anyway. I might say 'butt', though, because it's more fun to say than 'bum'."
Alrighty, then. As long as we're clear on the shower.