Over Mexican food:
Running son: What if we really did get you a pony? What would you think?
Me: I would probably get horse-tending lessons.
Running son: . . . but what if we got you horse-tending lessons that came with the pony?
Me: I would teach myself how to make a bridle by hand.
Running son: . . . but what if we were able--what if we got all of that in a bundle, like, in a package?
Me: I would apprentice myself to a blacksmith and, like, learn to make horseshoes, and then I would get a farrier to teach me how to put them on.
Running son: Okay, but what would you think? Would you be shocked, or would you love it?
Me: I would be shocked, and then I would probably like it.
Running son: Where would you keep it?
The historian: You'd keep it in the field, wouldn't you?