Tonight Maybelle got indignant because I was laughing. I was laughing out of enjoyment, I promised her--not at her, but because she was making me happy. But she said, "Mama laughing, stop it!"
I was laughing because her current favorite song is the Squeeze's "Black Coffee in Bed," and as we were leaving Claire and Larry's house, she was casually singing it: "Black black black coffee in bed." It's rare that a four year old is singing that song, and it's pretty adorable. But I am no longer allowed to laugh at her while she sings it. Which is going to be difficult.
I thought it was very cool that she noticed I was laughing in response to her, took offense at that, and communicated her offense. As far as I know, that's a first for her! Claire said to prepare for more of that.