Questions about life.
And they're not "yes" and "no" every-day-type questions. It's questions like...
"What kind of car will I drive when I get older?"
"Did your belly just open up and I came out?"
"How old will Alex be when I'm big?"
"How old was Alex when he was born?"
"Is it Christmas 'time' or Christmas 'day'?"
"Do you know where my gun is, Mom?"
"I can't find my gun, where is it?"
"I put my gun right here; do you know where it is now?"
"Did all those people watch Mary push her baby out?" (while looking at a nativity scene and connecting the dots between Mary having a baby and our cat having kittens.)
"Is it Christmas 'day' or Christmas 'time'?"
"What will I name my baby when I have one?"
"When me and Alex and Landon grow up, what kind of car will we drive and where will it be?"
"If our house burns up, will it burn down?"
"When that building burns up, how many days will it take them to clean it up?"
"Who owns the mountains?"
"If water gets rid of fire then why doesn't fire get rid of water?"
"Can I call you Courtney when I get big?"
As I sit and try to answer these questions and other questions similar to it, I find my brain becoming exhausted by the exhilarating workout my 5 and 4-yr-old provide for me.
You'd think with all this intense exercise, I'd become sharper, not duller. Ha!
Quite the contrary. By the end of the day, I can't remember what I did that morning, what happened yesterday or if I had plans to be somewhere that night. From the moment my kids get up until they go to bed, I
Like when I put my 4 yr-old down for a quiet time at TWO o'clock and assure her she can be up by three o'clock. Instead, she insists on being up by ONE o'clock as she nestles comfortably in her cozy bed.
Or when my 5 yr-old asks what direction we're going. And I tell him north. He'll adamantly disagree and insist we're going east. I've learned never to argue with a 5 yr-old using a broken compass.
And then there's the 2-yr-old who is given the luxury of THREE books in his bed during nap time. Instead, he insists on only TWO books.
As I try to burrow into the passageways that are my kids' brains and ways of thinking, talking, questioning and comprehending, I come away more confused and befuddled than ever. Logic and reality are two things that don't seem to play in very often.
My kids are so trusting. So gullible. So innocent. Until it comes to some of their questioning. And then I wonder where the trust is...
"Mom, can you count to 'zero'?" I hear from across the room.
"ZERO!" I reply.
"NOOOO! Do it right!" the 4 yr-old instructs.
"ZERO, one, two, three...." I reply, with a little more emphasis.
First, silence. And then, "that is really HOW you count to zero?" a shocked voice speaks in an, innocent 5 yr-old way.
"Yes Landon; that is really HOW you count to zero..."
The look of satisfaction and comprehension of learning where 'zero' fits in the numerical order is written all over their faces. And it's always worth the extra brain energy it takes me to make an answer clear, no matter how pointless I may think the question is. Or how many times they may re-word their questions.
About the time I think they may even exhaust an advanced google search engine if they had the capability of typing in their questions, I'll hear a question like this...
"Will you guys still be our mom and dad when Landon and I have kids?"
Yes, we'll always be your mom and dad. And you'll always be our kids.