Through the course of his playground convivialities, Robert met a beautiful two-year-old girl. She was skipping about in a lilac dress covered with daisies and gripping her toy horse with both hands.
Her daddy was two steps behind: "Madeline? What does the horse say? Madeline? Madeline. Madeline? Maddie? What does the horse say? Do you see your horsie? What does your horsie say? Madeline? Ma-de-line? Maddie sweetie? What does the horse say?"
"Gee, Dad, I dunno. But I know what the jackass says." *
*OK, she didn't really say that. But wouldn't it have been sweet?