I said I had a question and that I wanted everyone to answer.
Hinckley said he knew what I was going to ask, “Are all the chores done?”
I told him that while that is a good question, what I wanted to know was:
Would you rather be a centaur or a mermaid/merman?
Jacob: Somebody told me that centaurs are all boys, so, I want to be a merman because I want to be where there are girls too, and not only smelly horse boys, and I don’t want to have to carry a baby (and give birth).
Marcia the Elder: I would rather be a centaur because I know there’d have to be girls too, and I am not a swimmer, and there are holes in my eardrum, so, I think merlife would not be right for me.
Marcia the Younger: I would rather be a mermaid because centaurs are always boys.
Hinckley: I would rather be a centaur because it would be cool to gallop as fast as a horse.
Corban: After much refusal to cooperate and asking him the question each time he said something that was not the answer, here is how he eventually responded:
Seahorses can’t swim.*
I don’t want to be a mermaid because I don’t want to be in water.
I don’t want to be a centaur because I don’t want to go as fast as a horse.**
I would rather PLAY WITH a centaur that’s alive because I would play Hide and Seek, and I would always want to be first to seek.
* This was after talk about part fish and part horse.
**Hinckley tried to tell him he could choose to not go as fast.