Today I had the pleasure of viewing some of life's major issues through the eyes of 4 & 5-yr-old's.
First topic: Death
On the way home from Motor Development, Monique (a friend of ours - 4 yrs old) chimes in with a completely out-of-the-blue comment that started an interesting discussion, of sorts.
Monique: "I don't have a doggy anymore because my dog puked and died. Now he's in heaven and he can't come back."
Sebastian: "Well, Monique, don't be sad, because when you die and go to heaven, you will see your doggy again........(long pause)......but, you'll have to wait because you have to be really really old to die."
Isaac: "Yeah. Like Grandpa with the speeder. But you can go to heaven to see your dog in outer space. That's what heaven is. Huh Mom?"
Mommy: "Actually, buddy, heaven is not a place you can get to in a rocket ship. It's not a place you can go and visit. But when we are done here on earth, our spirits will go to heaven and stay forever."
Sebastian: "And then we'll see all the dead people we know, huh Mom?"
New Topic: Marriage and Babies
I'm sure you've seen the zoo-pals forks & spoons for kids. We have a drawer full of them! While I was making lunch, the boys picked out their spoons & forks. Isaac bumped his together, which caused Sebastian to immediately spout off:
Sebastian: "EEEEWWW they KISSED!"
Isaac: "Yeah, maybe they're going to get married and have babies"
(Mind you this is a monkey & a giraffe)
Sebastian: "Yeah, 'cause when you get married you have to kiss. That's how you get married."
Isaac: "Yeah, and it's how they have babies."
Mommy (couldn't help myself): "So, when you kiss, are you automatically married?"
Sebastian: "No, but if you want to get married and have babies, you have to kiss first. It's the rules."
(I nod in understanding, and move on with lunch...meanwhile...)
Sebastian: "But, Isaac, they can't have babies. A monkey and a giraffe can't have a baby together."
Isaac (getting up to get a shark knife from the drawer): "Yes they can. It will be a shark!"
I love these conversations! They're always good for a laugh. Good for keeping perspective on what's really important. Have a great day! (here are a few pictures from motor development this morning - just for your viewing pleasure!)