When I was a child, my parents had a copy of Art Linkletter’s book Kids Say the Darndest Things, and I loved reading it. Now that I have my own children, I’m enjoying listening to all their jibber-jabber, “information” they impart to me, and my five-year-old’s endless questions, which I actually love. I thought I would share something funny that happened in the car today while I was driving.
the five-year-old: “Mommy, how do more people get on the earth?”
me: “They keep having babies.”
the five-year-old: “Well, how does a baby get into your stomach?”
me: (Thinking, oh man, here’s that question. Definitely don’t want to try to answer it in the car while I’m driving….) “You know, that’s a really good question, but it’s kind of complicated, so I’ll explain it another time, okay?” (Whew. That should get me off the hook.)
the five-year-old: “Okay.” Pause. “You know, we should have Question Day!”
me: “Question Day?” (We have cleaning days on Monday, so it’s logical.)
the five-year-old: “Yeah. We could have Question Day on Tuesdays. You could tell me how trees grow, and….” (he’s thinking)
me: “Wow. That’s a good idea. We could do that.”
I wanted to say, “But I’ll answer your questions anytime,” but then I realized that I had just postponed answering a question, so that wouldn’t work. And I was impressed with his idea for a Question Day, so I didn’t want to put it down. The real question is whether or not he’s going to ask me how babies get into my stomach on Tuesday! Wish me luck!