Archie has been perturbed by any parental intervention with his plans, whether they include pelting Carter with toys, or climbing up the TV. As a result, the other morning, he decided he wanted to live without interference.
Archie: I want a new house.
Me: You’re really mad. You’d like a different house.
Archie: No, I want this house, but not you, and not Daddy.
Me: So you want to live here, but you want me and Daddy gone. No parents.
Archie: (firm in his resolve) Yes.
Me: Do you want new parents?
Me: Who will make you lunch and stuff like that?
Archie: Carter will be my grown-up.
Later, I relayed this conversation to Carter, in case they were going to go all Boxcar kids on us. His response?
Carter: Well, Archie, I hope you like cereal and cheese, cause that’s all I know how to make.