Will, almost seven, is sitting at the Christmas dinner table and asks to be excused. "I've eaten all I want." He is told to stay at the table and talk to people for awhile. "I've already talked about everything I can think of!" he exclaims in frustration.
M's family are playing a game in which they must guess somebody's nickname. "Megan" is sometimes called "Megracious", so the aunt is giving hints. "It sounds like a word that means helpful, kind, or generous." A little boy suggests tentatively, "Melpful?"