Here's the conversation and the observations as they took place...
Says my 9 year old daughter who is wise beyond her years and very practical:It took me a couple of seconds for that to sink in. And then I laughed out loud!
"Mommy, why are some of the girls wearing skirts that are so short?"
Says I with a carefully worded response, hoping she'll remember it when she's 16:
"Because, Jenna, sometimes young girls like to dress like they are older."
Says my can't-wait-to-get-out-of-here-and-see-the-world niece who is 19:
"And when they are older, they dress to look younger!"