The after-school conversation went like this . . .
Young One (oddly eager to talk about her day): Mamma, it's never okay to say "NOOOO!" to someone. Right?
Me: Not exactly. It can, at times, be. . .
Young One (interrupts, frustrated & indignant): No. My teacher says it is never okay to say "No!" If someone offers you something, you should take it.
Me: I think what she means is . . .
Young One (again interrupting & suddenly at her wit's end, voice raised, now angry): Mamma!!! My teacher is a nun. She knows more than you do. You can never say "No." It's not polite!
Just as the word "polite" sprang from her gut, she stomped away with grand fanfare, preventing further discussion of the matter and robbing me of my role as the premier omniscient being in her world. Just. Like. That.
It was all so quick. Obviously, I have a lot to learn.