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Thursday, July 23, 2015


Kids Ask the Darnedest Things

Kids and Interesting Questions

As many of you know our older 2 grandsons are now 7-1/2 and 8-1/2.  Kids always ask a bunch of questions-some easier than others to answer but now-wow!  Dylan and Aidan have been coming up with some doozies!  Some I can hypothesize and others I find myself thanking the internet and Google/Yahoo for helping me get the boys the information they desire. 

Other questions leave me wondering as well.

Dylan, 8-1/2, came in one morning this week and announced, “Grandma, did you know that there are people who can touch their eyebrows with their tongues?”

I shook my head and said honestly, “No, no I did not Dyl.  But I’m pretty sure that this trick is not possible unless you are either part lizard or snake.  But let’s check out Google.”

Per Yahoo! I found no real definitive answer, but there were some rather disgusting references that I was glad the boys couldn’t see!  Let’s just say that if your kids and grandkids ask you this same query-don’t let them near your computer/tablet/phone while you look up the information.

Both boys, due to monsoon season, asked me how much do clouds weigh?  Google let us know that the average cumulus (rain) cloud weighs approximately 1.1 MILLION pounds!  The same as 100 elephants. That was pretty interesting for even me to find out.  I also clicked on a Boy’s Life magazine cartoon for them explaining about hurricanes.  It was 3 minutes and the boys really enjoyed learning about these storms.

Then came some of the week’s more surreal questions:

When am I going to be a grown-up and get to do what I want?  I told them that in reality, not even grown-ups really get to do what they want.  There’d always be something that life made necessary for them to do, whether that was working a job to pay their bills, take medicines to help them make it through the day or helping someone they love on a daily basis because that was just part of life.  Being grown-up did not mean you get to do what you want-quite frankly, just the opposite.

Why should we read books when watching TV is so much easier and more fun and easier on our brains?  I pointed out that if all they did was watch TV that they’d wind up with no brain and in grandma’s home reading came first.

Maybe not the best answer but trying to get them to read is akin to my wanting to learn more about math.

Then came the heart-breaking question of this week.  I was looking through the local pet rescue (yes, we’re still toying with the idea of adopting another canine child) and there were just so many that were being rescued out of high kill shelters because they were old and their families weren’t “into” being there for them in their time of need.  Breaks my heart and I die a little bit with every view.  I’d still give anything to have my Sunshine for even another week and she’s been gone for almost 4 years.

How dare these “people”?  Evidently the boys also couldn’t fathom this horrible decision.  “Why grandma, why would they do this to their poor dog, it must be so sad and scared?”

I agreed. 

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