I'm in the bathroom putting on my makeup. My girls watch, fascinated at the process.
"What's that?" a daughter asks.
"Mascara." I answer.
"What does it do?" she wants to know.
"It makes your eyelashes darker."
"Why do you want your eyelashes darker?" It's a good question.
"I don't know. Social convention, I guess." Ben rolls his eyes at me when I give answers like this.
"I don't really know what that means," she says.
"You know, neither do I."