I haven’t read a parenting book since S was 9 months old so I’m really not sure when kids are supposed to go through the various stages. I stopped reading them because I was obsessing about her development, and the whole thing was too much pressure. I do know every kid goes through a ‘why?’ stage, and that my S is in that one right now. It’s an easy one to spot.
I do my best to answer honestly. If the question is too complex I tell her that is just how things are, or I say I don’t know. It’s one of the few situations in life where it’s perfectly fine not to know things.
The other day she said something that reminded me of the spaghetti song, so I started singing:
On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball
When somebody sneezed.
It rolled off the table,
And onto the floor
And then my poor meatball
Rolled right out the door.
It rolled into the garden
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball
Was nothing but mush.
Both girls loved it. “Again! Again!” I sing it a few more times. Then the questions started.
Why was the meatball covered in cheese?
You know, sprinkle cheese. Like you put on pasta.
Why did it roll off the table?
Well, meatballs are round and they roll.
Why did somebody sneeze?
They had a sneeze. Don’t you sneeze sometimes?
Yes, but why did that make the meatball roll off the table?
It was a really, REALLY big sneeze!
Why did it roll off the table and onto the floor?
Because it just kept rolling and ran out of table. It fell off the table and kept rolling on the ground.
Why did it roll out the door?
Someone left the door open.
It was hot after cooking and it was nice out so they opened the door to let the fresh air in.
But you can’t leave the door open! The cats will get out!
They don’t have cats. Some people have dogs instead, and some people don’t have any pets.
Not everyone likes animals.
Why did it roll into the garden?
They mean yard. When they say garden they mean yard. It rolled into the yard.
Why was it mush?
Because after all of that rolling the meatball fell apart. It’s just a meatball.
Why did it roll under a bush?
The bush was just there. The meatball was rolling through the yard and ran into a bush.
Why was the bush there?
It just was.
Why did it stop under the bush?
It ran into the bush and couldn’t roll any
Why? Why? Why? It can make a person crazy. Er. Crazier.
I’ll pretty much answer any of these minor questions, just to avoid the big questions. If I flood her brain with information on rolling meatballs maybe she won’t notice how vague I am about the origin of babies.