Mom at Park (M@P): What a cute baby!
Post-partum Me (PPM): Oh, thanks! She's wonderful.
M@P (juggles gurgling 16-mo-old on lap): My husband and I can't decide whether to have another baby or get a dog.
PPM: Um. (wonders how to urge her convincingly that another baby is loads of fun, joy, and the best gift one can give one's first child. First child enters to complain; second child urps.)
M@P: Babies are just so much work.
PPM: Well, babies last longer than dogs.
M@P: Ah. Yes. Well. That's true.
PPM (wonders where that came from): And dogs are messy.
M@P: Well, yes.
PPM (concludes she needs more sleep)