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September 29, 2008 / Maleesha Kovnesky

Endless Questions

I’ve read that when little kids ask a lot of questions it is a sign of intelligence.  So I should exercise patience in the following sorts of conversations.  But I have to tell you, at the end of a very long week, driving at dusk watching for animals to jump across the highway, fighting sleep…the following conversation nearly killed me.

(Background info: we’ve been talking about Nevada a lot because his Grandpa is working a short job in Elko.)

AJ: Mom, can we go to Nevada?

Me: Someday, dear.

AJ:  Can we go now?  Can we go swimming in Nevada?

Me:  No not now.  Besides, Nevada is mostly desert and there isn’t a place to swim.

AJ:  What’s a desert?

Me:  Ummm….it’s just a lot of land that’s really dry, and there’s cactuses and snakes everywhere.

AJ:  What’s a cactus?

Me:  Grrrr…it’s a plant that grows in the desert, and it’s covered with thorns.

AJ:  What’s a thorn?

Me:  Ummm…it’s like a sharp, pokey thing that grows out of certain plants.

AJ:  What’s ‘certain?’

Me:  Errr….’certain’ means ‘some’…like, ‘some’ plants have thorns.

AJ:  And thorns are sharp?

Me:  Yes.

AJ:  Why are things sharp?

Me:  So mommies can put themselves out of their misery.

AJ:  What’s misery?

Me:  Oh…nothing.  Mommy is just kidding. 

AJ:  Oh…  Why are you just kidding?

Me:  Shush and look out the window, I think I see a bear.



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  1. Jodi / Oct 1 2008 3:24 pm

    You lasted at least five questions longer than I would have…nicely handled.

  2. faemom / Sep 30 2008 2:11 pm

    It was annoying and cute, like all kids.

  3. bluesuit12 / Sep 30 2008 8:23 am

    HAHA! I usually respond with “I don’t know ask your parents when they come to get you.” Guess that doesn’t work for you.

  4. Eileen / Sep 30 2008 6:42 am

    Here’s something that will help, too. When young kids ask the same question over and over, it’s not because they forgot what you said the last time (usually). It’s because they are “testing” to see if you give them the same answer or not!

    When a young child drops his food on the floor over and over, he’s not always just being naughty. He’s “testing” to see where it will go. It takes a while of testing to find out that it always goes “down.”

    Best regards,
    Dedicated Elementary Teacher Overseas

    Thanks again. This is insightful. Most of the time I can tolerate the endless questions but I need to remind myself of the why. 🙂

  5. Christine / Sep 30 2008 5:50 am

    You didn’t answer this with another detailed drawing?! I know you were driving but come on! The alligator in the sewer was a thing of beauty. 😀

    I DO have a diagram coming up in a post very soon. Stay tuned!

  6. kaylee2 / Sep 29 2008 7:31 pm

    Hahaha how old is he?

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