I don’t know what it is about kids and questions. I think all kids tend to ask a lot, and my nine-year-old son is right up there with the best of them. My son often shoots them out with machine-gun speed, and they can range from the weather to his future to sex. Luckily for me, the answer isn’t as important as the next question.
I try to be patient, but sometimes it’s hard. A typical day goes something like this . . .
“At a blood drive, what types of blood do they take?” Well, that’s a good question. I think they take all kinds.
“What does conspicuous mean?” Conspicuous . . . hmmmm . . . well that means t-
“What’s a saloon?” Ummmmmm . . .
“What’s a laxative?” Well, that’s something you take wh-
“What’s the weather going to be like?” The weather looks fine.
“Are we going to have a tornado?” No, I don’t think so.
“Do you need oxygen for a fire?” Ummmm, yes, I think so.
“Is it going to storm?” There might be a small stor-
“What’s your least favorite thing in the world?” Hmmmmm . . . That’s a tough one, I guess it wou-
“If I live to be 60, do you think I’ll still have hair?” Ummmmm, maybe?
“Is there going to be a tornado?” No
“Do you promise it’s not going to be bad weather? Yes, I promi-
“When I grow up, do you think I’d be a good lawyer?” Of course, you would.
“Do you think I’d be a good doctor?” Yes
“Do you think I’d be a good salesman?” Well, ye-
“Where do babies come from?” Well . . . ummmm . . .
“Do you think, when I’m older, I’ll be a good driver?” Of cour-
“Is there going to be a tornado?” No!
“Why don’t adults want to talk about where babies come from?” Ummmmm . . .
“Is the U.S. good at soccer.” Well, not exactl-
“Are we going to have a tornado?” NO!!
“What’s your least favorite thing to eat?” Well, hmmmmm . . . I guess that would be=
“You’re sure we’re not going to have a tornado?” YES! I’m positive!!
“Can we get a dog?” Uh, no.
“Dad? Yes . . .
“I love you.”
Ok. Maybe the patience was worth it.