If you're a parent then you know how much children can talk so I don't need to expound on that fact. You also probably know that they can say the funniest, silliest and most amazing things at times. Sometimes, when I'm not daydreaming or tuning them out, I "eavesdrop." Today their conversation covered just about every topic. My son Andre and my middle daughter, Amareah, were talking about something that she used to have and I suppose Andre felt the need to explain to Anna, the youngest, what they were talking about.
Andre, 6: You were born yet, Anna. (Yes, he said "were.")
Anna, 2: Oh.
Andre: You were still in mommy's tummy.
Amareah, 5: Yea.
Andre: Babies get milk from mommies' tummies.
Anna: (Looks blank.)
Normally, I let the children have their conversations without interrupting, but there are some times when I can't resist.
Mommy: Andre, the milk doesn't come from the mommy's tummy.
Amareah: Yea, Andre.
Andre: Where does the milk come from?
Mommy: Mommy's breasts.
Mommy: Milk comes from mommy's breasts. That's what breasts are for - to feed their babies.
Andre: Do you still have milk?
Amareah: I remember getting milk from mommy, didn't I?
Andre: Me too?
Andre: I remember. (I glance in the rear view mirror to catch a little bashful smile on his face, but it looked like a happy smile. That made me smile and I thought I wouldn't tease him about the time he was watching me nurse his sister and I asked, "You want some milk too?" ... Andre: No.
Amareah: Mommy, you don't like milk?
Mommy: Amareah, (I'm laughing) it has nothing to do with whether I like milk.
Andre: Why don't you have milk?
Mommy: Because I don't have any babies.
Amareah: I want you to have another baby.
Mommy: I AM NOT having another baby. You guys are enough. You three and Amber. That's enough.
Amareah: I want to have babies.
Mommy: When you grow up and get married you can have your own babies.
Boy, did she look happy! Funny how that's a natural feeling for little girls.
Andre: I can't grow babies in my stomach.
Mommy: No, boys can't grow babies in their stomachs.
That was one heck of a conversation and it just dawned on me now that they haven't asked how the baby got into mommy's tummy. Well, Andre asked eons ago, but he doesn't remember. Having conversations with your children about the way the body works - in an age-appropriate manner - is very important.
By the end of this conversation we had pulled into our driveway, but that didn't stop them from talking they just switched to a different topic. I was thinking about getting an MP3 player. LOL... just kidding. A little.