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My family says the darnedest things.

Conversations in Real Life: Donuts

June: Is a trillion eleven?

Me: What? No. A trillion is a trillion.

June: Ok, then is a million eleven?

Me: What are you even talking about?

June: You know, in donuts!

Me: WHAT? Donuts? I still don’t get it. Like are there eleven zeros in a million?

June: NO! Like a million donuts is eleven donuts.

Me: I have no idea what you’re talking about.

June: *super frustrated with me*

…. a few minutes later…

Me: OH! A dozen!!! You mean a dozen?

June: YES!

Me: A dozen is twelve. Twelve donuts is a dozen.

June: Oh. Yeah. A dozen!

*I thought she’d gone crazy there for a minute. Two whole years in elementary school down the drain, but she just couldn’t remember the right word. Whew.

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Conversations in real life: election victories

Me (putting June to bed after many delay tactics and procrastination on her part): Ok, ok, ok. It’s time for bed. I really want to get downstairs and watch the election results.

June: What’s an election?

Me: I’ll tell you all about it in the morning.

June: No, I want to know now.

Me: Ok, fine. It’s when we, as a nation or a state, make decisions about the way we do things. It’s like someone says, “hey, do you guys think this is a good idea?” and then we get to say yes or no.

June: Oh, like in class when the teacher says, “raise your hand if you want to …”

Me: yes, exactly. Only on a state-wide or nation-wide level.

June: So are you voting yes or no?

Me: I voted No.

June: What was the question?

Me: Should we label GMOs.

June: Oh, I don’t want to do that.

Me: Neither do I.

June: *pause* What’s GMOs?

Me: *sigh* go to bed. I’ll tell you in the morning.

 

*** Measure 92 was defeated yesterday in Oregon, although I suspect the conversation around labeling will continue.

 

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Conversations in Real Life: Costa Rica

June has recently taken an interest in charity. Her teacher visited Costa Rica and told the class about it.

June: Can I give my money to Costa Rica? The roads there are really bumpy and the dogs don’t have any food.

Me: Um… sure. We can find a way to do that.

Daddy: Why don’t you pick something that you want for your birthday and instead of buying that, we’ll donate that money to Costa Rica?

June: Hmmm. How about this breakfast burrito [that she’s currently moving around her plate]? I don’t really like it so we could send it to people in Costa Rica and they could eat it!

Me: Well, if we mailed that half-eaten breakfast burrito to Costa Rica it would probably spoil before it got there.

June: No, we could send it in my lunch bag packed with ice! I’ll go get it.

*Explaining charity to a six-year-old is hard.

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Conversations In Real Life: Bears

We were out for dinner and I took July to the bathroom. As we walked in, I directed him to the largest stall.

July: No, Mommy, that one is for bears.

Me: What?

July: That one is where bears go potty.

Me: What?

July: See? It’s for bears. (He points to the picture of a koala bear on the stall door; the symbol that indicates there is a changing table inside that stall.)

Me: Oooooh. I see.

July: Yes, so let’s use this other one instead.

*  We wouldn’t want to offend the koala bears in the women’s bathroom. Makes perfect sense.

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Conversations in real life: Mommy vs Daddy

June: Mommy, why doesn’t Daddy let me have jam or honey in my yogurt, but you do?

*Daddy is recently trying to cut back on sugar, and he’s trying to encourage the kids to do the same. My willpower is not so great.

Me: Well, Daddy likes to cut things out of your diet… um. I mean… we have different approaches.

June: Like you let us eat chocolate in the car, but Daddy doesn’t?

Me: Shhhh. You’re going to ruin a good thing, darling.

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Conversations In Real Life: Stuffed Crust

June: How come we never get stuffed crust on our pizza?

Me: Stuffed crust?

June: Yeah, I want to get stuffed crust.

Me: Do you know what stuffed crust is?

June: Yes. It’s crust that’s stuffed.

Me: What’s it stuffed with?

June: The inside of crust. You know, like a stuffed animal is stuffed with the inside of the animal. Fluffy stuff.

Me: Sure, next time we get pizza I will ask that the crust is stuffed with the inside of the crust.

June: Ok! Hey, July, we can get stuffed crust!

July: Cool!

*I just made regular pizza cooler.

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Conversations in Real Life: What’s a Soul?

(Note: this is a new category where I’ll post funny things my kids say.)

As is customary whenever we have deep conversations, we’re driving in the car when this conversation goes down.

June: What does the word ‘soul’ mean?

Me: Um… Well. Geez. Ok, a soul is like … kind of the idea that there is a part of everyone that you don’t really see that sticks around after you’re gone. A little bit like a ghost, but also it embodies some intrinsic part of you and the things that you’ve done during your life. Some people think that some things you do during your life have an impact on your soul and…

June: No, like the sole of your shoe. What does that mean?

Me: oh. That’s the bottom of your foot or the bottom of your shoe.

June: oh, ok.

*Note to self: always clarify what your kid is asking before you answer. Tomorrow she’s going to be asking me about souls.

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