Friday, January 16, 2009

Toddler explanation

Chickie is learning a lot about cause and effect these days.  That means she's been in the incredibly annoying...uh, I mean delightfully educational...phase of asking, "Why?"  It's easy to answer the question, "What's that, Mommy?" but much harder to know what to say when the follow-up question is, "Why is it a candle?"

The "why" questions seem to be tapering off, and she is now developing the truly endearing habit of explaining things to her brother.  She can be as creative as she wants; he's not going to argue with her logic.

Yesterday I heard her patiently explaining, "I can't give you mommy milk, Zoodle.  I can't give you mommy milk because I'm a racecar."

Well, as long as she's not trying to nurse him or give him gasoline, I'll be happy.

13 comments:

beckiwithani said...

Very funny!

Was the pun intended when you had her asking, "Why is it a candle?" and then you wrote that her questions are tapering off? (Groan.)

C. Beth said...

Becki--will I get fired as a blogger when I admit it was unintentional?

("Fired" was regrettably intentional, though.)

Tia said...

I was gonna post on this same topic today. You stole my thunder! No, I totally get ya. it was cute for awhile, now it is just exhausting. Loved the flowers!

Tiffany said...

Oh my...I can so relate. Three year olds are so inquisitive. Just when I think the "why" questions are getting annoying Dalton will come up with a really great one and I'll think "where did he come up with that"!

Call Me Cate said...

Makes perfect sense to me! Great, I rationalize like a 3 year old. Explains so many things.

Crazy Mo said...

... because I'm a racecar ... Ha! Brilliant!

She can probably use that reasoning when she's older. "I'm sorry Mr. Jones. I couldn't do my homework last night, cuz I'm a racecar."

I'm sure it'll work.

CDB said...

This is brilliant. I think I'll start using that excuse for random things too, like why I didn't have time to unload the dishwasher.

No, not because of blogging. Because I'm a racecar!

controlled chaos said...

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I just wanted to let you know that we left you some love for your other blog (the one-minute writer), on our site :)

Our Scoop said...

Hilarous!! So cute! I love the way you relay your conversations with her!

C. Beth said...

I apologize for the lack of personal responses this week. It's just an exceptionally busy week. It's after 11 and I just finished decorating Chickie's birthday cake. I'll post pics tomorrow. I'll get back in the response habit soon; I don't know if any readers miss it, but I do!

Mama to a diva said...

That is so adorable and funny! I love her logic!

For blue skies. said...

oh my gosh! how cute is that?!
i have a younger brother who is 2 and a half now, and hes learning how to talk. the things he says are so adoralbe!

Sandra said...

Oh, Beth. I love your life and how you handle everything that comes around the bend with such humor and common sense. Good work, Mommy.