Thursday, March 31, 2011

Coffee and canyons

Jason: Why did all the airplanes they tried to make in the old days not work? They were really bad designs.
Me: Because it took a long time for someone to design a plane that could actually fly safely.
Jason: Yeah, those brothers really couldn't make a good plane. What was the name of those brothers -- oh yeah, the Dutch Brothers.
Me: It is the Wright brothers who you are talking about, and they did build the first plane that actually worked. The Dutch Brothers is the name of the drive-through coffee place around the corner!

Sydney: You know that huge giant that stomped around and made the canyons and lakes and everything high up - way back back a long time ago?
Me: No, what giant are you talking about? Giants aren't real...
Sydney: No, Mommy, you are wrong - we learned all about it in social studies. It was a giant that existed before the dinosaurs. I saw a picture of it and I want to know how it was made.
Me: (silent, totally confused)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Everything and the old days

Jason: How did God make the grass grow and everything?
Me: I'm not sure. There was nothing, and then God made everything.
Jason: But why do we not see God, is it because he is inside of us?
Me: Kind of, it's like love. I love you, but I can't see it. I just know it.
Jason: Well I know I love you because you're my mom and I'm your kid. That's how I know.

Sydney: How do things change, like how Grandma and Grandpa were talking about how things were different in the old days?
Me: Because people learn more and more things as time passes, so they can make things better and easier. Do you think things are better now than in the old days, or worse?
Sydney: Things are better now. Kids used to have to go outside and carry back water from a well when they were thirsty in the old days, now we just turn the tap in the sink. I would also never want to live in the old days of George Washington because of the really bad teeth...