There are some things in the universe that are totally incapable of listening to reason: rabid dogs, The Weekly Standard editorial staff, psychotics, and especially babies. For example, take this morning’s exchange:
Me: Ouch, that’s my hair you’re grabbing.
Me: You can let go any time now.
Baby: Mmmmmmm! Mmmmmmm!
Me: By “let go any time now,” I didn’t mean, “start tugging both sides simultaneously.”
Baby: Aaaah! HeHeHeHe!
Me: Yes, I know it’s funny, but daddy’s in pain.
Me: Now, we’re both reasonable individuals here, and I’m sure you can find something else to tug on.
Baby: Gaaaaaaa! Aaaaaaaahbr!
Me: Why are you eating my nose?