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Please explain what just happened.

You can smell that from over there? Sorry.

What is your earliest memory?

I had just turned two when my parents brought home a belated birthday gift for me: a little brother. I still remember them kneeling down in the hallway with their backs to the front door to show me his little sleeping face. I just stared at him, waiting for something cool to happen. He yawned and my parents asked me, “So what do you think of your baby brother?” After a few seconds of silence, I shared my deep insight with my parents and said, “Um, he don’t have any teeth.” For my third birthday, I got a Mets uniform and a plastic trumpet. After getting a little brother the year before, I figured I’d probably get a sister or, even better, a pony. I’m still recovering from the disappointment.