"Mommy," Chickie said today, "did you know that when you die, you don't have eyeballs?"
"Well," I replied, "When you die, your eyeballs decay, just like the rest of you."
"What happens to your body when it decays?"
This led to a conversation about how dead bodies break down into other things, and sometimes get eaten by bugs or by other animals. And then it led to a discussion of why humans are considered animals and how we're similar to, and different from, other animals. ("We're animals that wear shoes!" Zoodle contributed.)
It also led to me thinking, Do most parents of five-year-olds have these conversations?
Chickie has such a fascination with biology and anatomy. She likes talking about circulation and digestion. She is interested in how babies are made and born. She thinks it's so interesting that humans and other animals feed their babies milk.
I'm trying not to put labels on her that she'll have trouble breaking away from, but just between me and you, I wouldn't be at all surprised if she's a doctor or scientist in 20 years or so.
And as difficult as it can be to respond to incessant questions, many of which I don't have the answers to...as challenging as it can be to find age-appropriate yet honest ways to answer sensitive questions about the human body...I just love seeing this side of her. Kids show their unique temperaments and interests so early. I'm so excited to see how this will develop as she grows older!
But in the meantime, I'm going to try not to think too hard about decaying eyeballs.