Eight-year-old boy: Dad, come and look at the beautiful flowers over here!

Father: Hang on, I’ll be there in a second. Are there many?

Mother (walking with her daughter a little farther back): What would you like for your birthday?

Girl: A soccer ball.

— Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Overheard by The Japan Times On Sunday

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