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The Age of Why?
Conversation overheard one night:

Hollis: Daddy, why is it dark?
T: Because the sun went down.

Hollis: Why?
T: Because the earth rotates on its axis and we're facing away from the sun right now.

Hollis: Why?
T: Because of the gravitational pull of the sun.

Hollis: Why?
T: Because ... um... it just is.

Hollis: But why?
T: The sun went to sleep.
Hollis: Oh.

Hollis: Daddy?
T: Yes, Hollis?
Hollis: Does the sun have his pacifiers?
T: I'm sure he does, buddy.

This is Day 6 of Wil Wheaton watch. He's guest starring on NUMB3RS tonight, so I've set my TIVO for some prime time stalking.

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Blogger flutter said...

That is so sweet

Blogger jen said...

patience of a saint, that T.

Blogger PunditMom said...

And it's just the begining! (sorry!)

Blogger slouching mom said...

Aww....its pacifiers. That is the sweetest!

Blogger Julie Pippert said...

Oh why oh why oh why. :)

And pacifiers for the sun. Sweet!

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Blogger blooming desertpea said...

Imagine the conversation going like this:

Hollis: Daddy, why is it dark?
T: Because the earth rotates and blah blah ...

Hollis: Dude, can you speak a language I understand?
T: The sun went to sleep.

Hollis: See, I knew you could do it!


Blogger Butterflyfish said...


My son and I had a similar conversation.

Anonymous Angela said...

Can your husband answer this one for me? I was accosted with it by my seven year old in the car this morning (very early):

"If communication between people became completely impossible, would people be able to survive?"

That's where you are headed...enjoy the ride. Stock up on coffee and motrin.

Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

It doesn't really matter how truthful we are with them, does it? They only want the answer that makes sense to them.

Very sweet!

Anonymous Emily R said...

Wow, we had the "why did it get dark" conversation two weeks ago, and I gave similar answers, but I must say that Zach showed less concern for the sun...

Blogger ExPatSW said...

Angela, tell your seven-year-old "No man is an island".

LM, what a tender heart big H has!

Blogger Alpha DogMa said...

Kids are so literal. Good on your husband for playing along.

My husband (the chemistry guy) tried to explain the concept of water to our five year old. After much talk of ratios and ions and atoms and hydrogen and oxygen, the child finally got the answer he needed: it is liquid snow.

Blogger Mrs. Chicken said...

Why is killing me. KILLING ME. If you play long enough, you can extrapolate the meaning of the universe. Mind bending, I tell you.

Blogger Lawyer Mama said...

Mrs. C, yes, I hear you. "Why?" is to toddlers as infinity is to mathematicians.

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