padge's* answers varied depending on the context. some examples:
- "where are we going?" / "crazy, wanna come?"
- "what are you doing?" / "nunya" (short for nunya bizness)
... you get the idea.
for whatever reason, there's one that i've held onto in my adult life
"cuz i'm a grown-up."
which, to me, now means
"i've survived for multiple decades and i can do what i want"
i have a few favorite situations for use of this phrase:
- eating chocolate cake for breakfast
- buying a new dress even though i already have a closet full
- having dessert before dinner
sometimes, like on mornings when i hear country songs about sweet little babies, i think that i really am a grown-up and i could handle things like, oh-i-don't-know, producing offspring of my own. but then i begin to second-guess my effectiveness at bearing and caring for a tiny human when i do something like, oh-i-don't-know, drinking until 1am on a wednesday night
just cuz i'm a grown-up
*sidenote: i call my father padge. i have since i was 13, when i started taking spanish and began incorporating the few words i knew into my daily speech. "madre" and "padre" got shortened to "madge" and "padge and for whatever reason, padge stuck. he loves it, seriously.