Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Animals and the homeless

Jason: Why do people need bow and arrows? I know, it's because they want to hunt. Why do they want to hurt animals?
Me: Some people hunt for food.
Jason: I saw a cartoon today where a guy knocked on the door, and when someone answered the door, he shot them with a bow and arrow in the head and buried him. It was very funny.
Me: That's horrible. Why was it funny?
Jason: It was funny because it was just pretend, it wasn't real Mommy. Like for blood they used paint and ketchup. If it was real, it wouldn't have been funny.

Sydney: What do homeless people do?
Me: Well, they don't have money or anywhere to live, so they usually just stand on the street and ask people for money so that they can eat.
Sydney: We are lucky because we have yummy food and a nice house to live in, right?
Me: Right. We are very lucky.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Seasons and The principal

Jason: When does the winter stop?
Eric: Winter stops with spring, it's 3 months long.
Jason How many days is that?
Eric: About 90 days
Jason: How many days are 10 months?
Eric: 300 days
Jason: Does it snow every day in the winter?
Eric: Not every day. It has to be really cold to snow, otherwise it's just rain.

Sydney: Why did Jason do that - how did he get that note from the principal?
Me: He made a mistake and got in a fight during recess.
Sydney: I know, that's really bad.

[Note: Today Jason was called into the principal's office after getting in a fight with a kid during recess. Apparently, Jason pushed a body down after he bullied his friend, Kim]

Monday, September 20, 2010

Rocks and moms

Jason: How did rocks come to Earth?
Me: When the Earth was created, the rocks were just there. Kind of like the oceans too.
Jason: So no one brought them here?
Me: No.

Sydney: Do you know that I wish I could be you?
Me: Really, why?
Sydney: Because you get to stay up late and make whatever you want for dinner.
Me: But if you were me, you'd also have to write news articles, cook and clean.
Sydney: Never mind...

Friday, September 17, 2010

Tires and friends

Jason: How does a tire lose its air and get flat?
Me: Usually either it drives over something sharp like a nail, or it gets old and starts to get cracks.
Jason: Are you proud that I found that nail in our driveway before it flattened your tire?
Me: Yes, very.

Sydney: I wish you were still a little girl, and then we could grow together.
Me: I would love that. Do you think we'd be friends?
Sydney: Yes!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Black holes and tickling

Jason: How do things fall into black holes? What happens to something if it falls into a black hole? Do people fall into them sometimes?

Sydney: Why are people ticklish? What makes someone tickle someone?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Dinosaurs and birthday parties

Jason: Do you know that I know how the dinosaurs died? There was a big asteroid that crashed into the Earth and so there were no plants for the dinosaurs to eat. The animals started to die.

Sydney: Why were the stairs at Children's Park so high? There should have been a ramp. Are you happy that it wasn't worse, that I didn't actually cut my eye?

[Note: During Catie's birthday party in Children's Park today, Sydney tripped on the stairs on a big wooden structure, slipped and got a big gash right near her left eye. It happened hours ago, but she is still replaying the incident over and over in her mind]

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

First day!

Jason: Did our school bus today have one of those stop signs that come out when the bus stops? Because I think those are very cool.

Sydney: Do you know what? At school today we made gingerbread men and then they disappeared. We looked everywhere for them - in the classrooms, in the cafeteria, in the library. And when we came back to our classroom, they suddenly appeared there. It was very fun.

[Today was Jason and Sydney's first day of kindergarten at May Street elementary school!]

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Jason: You know what? I am excited for kindergarten because I am going to learn new things that I don't already know about. I am ready - 4 plus 2 is 6...10 plus 6 is 16...10 plus 10 is 20...! But what are you going to do when you are all lonely by yourself when we are in kindergarten?

Sydney: Why is kindergarten such a long day? I want it to be a shorter day. I wish you could be there with me. I am nervous for my first day. I am going to miss you when I am there. But I think they are going to do reading and math, and I love both (squeal of delight).

[Note: Tomorrow is Jason and Sydney's first day of kindergarten at May Street elementary school. I hope the school is ready for the dynamic duo, because here they come!]

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Seeds, growing and friends

Jason: How did the first seed get here on Earth?
Me: Seeds are inside of fruit, berries, flowers and other things. It's part of nature - the seeds grow with the fruit or berries, and when they fall off and it rains they get buried in the ground and grow more fruit or berries.
Jason [growing impatient]: But how did the first fruit or berry grow - it had to have seeds to grow from?

Sydney: How do friends become friends?
Me: Why don't you tell me? How did you make all of the friends that you have?
Sydney: First you meet them, then you introduce yourself, then you say: "Do you want to be my friend?" Then you play nicely.