Very Small Person from Chicago (VSPC): Veena aunty, do you like stories?
Moi: Yes, I do.
VSPC: Do you know the ugly duckling story?
VSPC: What about the frog prince?
Moi: I know that too
VSPC: I have many more stories in my book. See.
Promptly pulls out some picture fairy tale book and thrusts it at me.
Moi: But I know all these stories
VSPC: All of them?
Moi: Yes, all of them
VSPC: I know Bible stories. Do you know Bible stories?
Moi: Hmm, I don't. Can you tell me one?
VSPC: Yes, I know two Bible stories. I can tell you. They are not like ugly ducking and frog prince.
Moi: Why not?
Looks around to see if her mom is around. No. Safe.
VSPC: Because they are real. My mommy doesn't think so but they are real.