Around 8:45 this evening (about an hour after she is supposed to be in bed and sleeping) I hear Zoë call out "Mom, I need you!" Usually the delay tactics are more along the lines of "I have to potty" or "I'm thirsty" so I went up to see why it was that she needed me.
"Mom! I looked out the window and there are kids playing outside in the middle of the night!" Her eyes were completely lit up and she looked at me expectantly. "I saw them outside," she repeated.
I explained to her that those kids outside are older and older kids are allowed to stay up later.
"Mommy, when I get to be 8, can I play outside in the middle of the night?"
Of course I said yes. What else could I say???