Sunday, July 16, 2006

Questions of the Week

This week's questions from A:

"When are we going to go over the sky?"

"When do you say 'No' to Papa?" (After I had said, "No, A! Stop [whatever you're doing]" for the gazillionth time this morning)

"When are we going to China?"

"Why is that a plant?" (I hate these and they come up often: "Why is that a building? Why is that a truck?" What answer do you give besides, "Because it is"?)

"What does Ben want?" (Beats me. I'll let you know when he learns to talk.)

"Does S. (little girl next door) have a penis? Why not?"

"But how do girls pee?"

"Why do I have a penis?"

"Does Uncle B. have a penis?"

"Why am I a boy?"

"Where are you going without me?"

"Why do I have to go to bed when the sun is still awake?"


Boobless Brigade Master said...

Ahhh, I remember those trivial-tender-age-pursuit questions of long ago.
Just wait though, they get harder.
Why do I drink red koolaid...but pee yellow?

Sarah O. said...

Just when you think your mind will turn to mush, having taken full care of babies, nature throws you a curve and forces you to use your brain again.

Perhaps pathetically, I'm proud of the ability I pretty well mastered of answering 3-year-olds' questions in a way that was (a) scientifically correct and (b) simple enough to satisfy a 3-year-old. It was one of my favorite parts of being a parent.

I likened it to explaining the meaning of life in a simple, accessible way. I felt like the Dalai Lama.

Now that my kids are 11 & 14, the questions are far more philosophical and important ("Why, really, is taking drugs/having sex bad/wrong for teenagers? I mean, your whole generation did and you turned out okay...) It's especially difficult when they end it with a compliment.

Oh, yes, I almost forgot. A.'s questions are so wonderous and pure! Once again, he's such an intelligent kid!

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