(scene opens in partially clean kitchen, Carrot standing in front of open refrigerator)
Me: (talking to herself) Sugared cranberries done. Cran-applesauce done. Pumpkin pie in oven. Need more apples for apple pie. Need oranges for turkey brine. Prosecco for….
Delta: Mommy? What’s in that box?
Me: (absently) The rest of Gamma’s birthday cake.
Delta: Can I have cake for lunch?
Me: That’s not a healthy lunch.
Carrot’s Inner Voice: It would make more room in the ‘fridge for the deviled eggs.
Delta: Please? I can show you my cutest face ever? (fists under cheeks, eyes very wide, lips pulled into hopeful pout.
Me: Fine. There’s no such thing for responsible eating for the next month anyway.