I make reference to the tortoise and the hare quite a bit. I know that the tortoise is more clever and outsmarts the hare, but I generally have used it as an example of how SLOW Maeve moves. I mean, it is slower than slow. But, the girl is clever, so it really does fit. For example, as we were leaving the other day, I was impatiently urging her to buckle herself into her booster seat. I told her she was moving like a tortoise.... at this point she claims she can't do it and needs my help. So, with a deep sigh, I unbuckle, and get out of the driver's seat to get her sorted. When I buckle her in, she excitedly chimes out, "Now you're the tortoise and I'm the hare!... I'm the first one buckled and you're last!"
The other morning I was asking her about swim lessons and this and that. And, well, I know better, because she's not a morning person. I am not either, but I had been up longer and was one coffee in, so I was in a better place than she was. So, I said to her, "Okay, I've got one last question -- will you answer it?" To which she replied - "No, because you just asked it".