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Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Children say the darndest things

STAFF WRITER
Elena Cawley

 

Children say the funniest things and ask the most unexpected questions.

Their train of thought can be very logical, but, sometimes, their conclusions surprise us and catch us unprepared.

A co-worker’s daughter recently asked her if color didn’t exist years ago. That made perfect sense for a 7-year-old girl flipping through TV channels and seeing a black-and-white movie from the 1950s, or the “olden days,” to use her words.

My 5-year-old son, Adam, has caught me unprepared with his questions and statements several times.

A few days ago, we were reading “The Berenstain Bears on the Moon,” which tells the story of the bears traveling in space and going to the moon. This story, as are all the others from the book series, keeps little readers’ interest with its picturesque illustrations and catchy short phrases.

While we were reading a particular page that depicted Earth at the bottom of the page, the moon on the top, and the bears approaching the moon, Adam said, “So, when the bears get to the moon, they will be upside down.”

I explained that once they get there, they will actually be standing upright. But Adam wasn’t really satisfied with this answer, and asked if the bears are going to the side of the moon which is closest to our planet. After I answered “yes,” he said, “well, then the bears will be upside down.”

Fair enough.

Children see situations more simply and clearly than adults. We, as adults, always seem to consider reasons and consequences. That difference in a way of thinking makes our reactions so contrasting.

A few days ago, I heard a loud “thump” that sounded like something hitting the floor coming from the room where Adam was playing. I asked if everything was OK. “Yes. It was just my head,” Adam said.

Sometimes, children’s words are entertaining. With Adam, that happened a lot when he was younger and had a limited amount of words in

Alex and Adam Cawley

his vocabulary. He would use a word incorrectly, but he would make his point.

One day, when Adam was 2, we were sitting next to each other on the couch, playing with cards. All of a sudden, he began throwing the cards on the floor. I told him to stop scattering the cards.

“Close the door,” he said calmly, and continued to scatter the cards. I looked around – there was no door to be closed – and repeatedly explained to him he shouldn’t throw cards on the floor.

“Close the door,” he said, showering the floor with more and more cards.

“Stop it,” I said.

“Close the door,” Adam said, pointing to my mouth.

I have another son, Alex, 1-year-old Alex, and I can’t wait for the time he starts talking and asking questions.

I know Adam has been excited to have a playmate. He has been waiting patiently since the time I was pregnant.

Nevertheless, Adam did have some nerve-racking moments while expecting his brother. During the first ultrasound check, he almost started crying seeing his brother on the screen. I asked him what the matter was.

“I thought you were going to have a baby. Why is it a fish?” he asked through tears. I explained to him our baby looks just like other babies in that state of their development, and he calmed down. I wasn’t ready for the next question.

“So if the baby is in your belly, did you eat it?”

I’d love to learn about others’ experiences and the questions they have had to answer.

Elena Cawley may be reached via email at tngetrep@lcs.net. Call her at 931-455-4545.