Pete and Erik this morning--
Erik: Hey, Pete. I'm going upstairs to get my shoes. Do you want to come with me, or do you want to stay here and play with your cars?
Pete: I get them. I be right back.
Erik (confused--this hasn't happened before): You want to come with me?
Pete (starting up the stairs): You stay here.
Erik: OK. I want the brown ones, all right?
(Pause of about three minutes, punctuated by clunking and clomping upstairs. Pete slowly makes his way back down the stairs, carrying two of Carolyn's white sneakers, which do look like my white sneakers, by his fingers in one hand.)
Pete (on the stairs): I be careful. I have fingers in them!
Erik: Good job!
Pete (at the bottom, handing the shoes to me): Here you go! I did it by self!
Sometimes the most interesting milestones are the ones we never knew to seek.