Today Elizabeth was telling me about her "bestest doll," her favourite, the one she wants to "keep forever and ever until the earth passes away."
That surprised me a bit. "'Until the earth passes away'?" I repeated.
"Yes," she said.
Later I told Sarah about this. She laughed, and related the following conversation she had with Elizabeth the other day.
Sarah: "Elizabeth, everything we have is just junk."
Elizabeth: "No, it isn't!"
Sarah: "Yes, it is. It's just junk, and it's going to burn up."
Elizabeth, dismayed and alarmed: "Why?"
Sarah: "Because it's junk. We didn't bring it in, and we're not going to take it out. It's just going to burn up."
Elizabeth thought about that for a minute, then asked, "But I can keep it until it burns, can't I?"