By Harvey Tobkes
Anita was driving the car and the passengers were my daughter-in-law Betty and her long time friend Sonia with her precocious 10-year-old son Brian.

Good and evil

Brian is the most lovable little rascal you will ever meet; he’s adorable and very smart.

So in conversation, Betty asked, “Brian, how old do you think I am?” and then she held her breath waiting for the answer. Brian thought for a moment and then asked, “Do you want me to be truthful, or do you want me to be tactful?” “It’s O.K.,” Betty said, “Be honest!” “You look 38!” was Brian’s quick answer.

Well, now she was flattered because she’s really 44. So, Betty thought she would test his perception of age a second time by asking, “Brian, how old do you think your mommy is?”

Once again, quick with the reply, Brian asked, “With make-up or without?”

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