I like you so much.
You should not go back to Australia. You should stay here with us.
ME, Au Pair1:
I would like to. But my Papi said I must come home. And my Mami would miss me. (Correction: My Papi said not to marry over here and your Country will kick me out for overstaying my VISA.)
But! You can come back with me to Australia and live there.
MLF3: No. My Pap said I said must stay here and my Mami would miss me.
She was delighted that she could repeat my words and for them to make sense in her context. It dawned on me in this moment that she has been mimicking me and using sarcasm now. Uh oh. She has learnt that from me. Oops.
MLF3: I know! Your Mami, and your Papi and your sisters and your brother can come and live here.
ME: Here? In Switzerland?
MLF3: Yes. But ssshhhh. We shouldn't tell them.
So watch out, family for a dubious looking 5 year old who seems capable of masterminding something of a kidnapping attempt.
When you least expect it...