Monday, January 08, 2007

Kids say the darndest things!

I realize why the christian literalists are uncomfortable with teaching kids about evolution--it leads to embarrassing questions.

For example, Max has been really into dinosaurs for about 2 years now. Every book we read about dinosaurs points out that 1) dinosaurs ruled the earth millions of years ago, 2) they are no dinosaurs around today, and 3) no one knows for sure what killed off the dinosaurs.

So now Max has a frame for all historical events--anything that is no longer around was killed off. The other day he applied this frame to Indians. He asked me what killed off the Indians "when they ruled the world". I told him it was white people. He got very nervous that those white people were still around and might kill him too. I didn't have the heart to tell him that he was white.


parsnipgirl said...

LOL! I wonder what I will do for amusement when my kid gets older and doesn't say the darndest things anymore. The other day he woke up sick complaining that his forehead hurt, ie, he had a headache.

It's good to see you back, sleep! Your loyal blog fans missed you!

Sharon Baron said...

Does Max even know what you mean by white people? For the longest time when my kids were little they would refer to people by clothing colors - so the woman wearing the denim shirt was the blue lady, the man with the black turtleneck was the black man. I thought it was kind of funny, although it made for some uncomfortable public moments at times.

liberal elite said...

Thanks Parsnipgirl! I guess I was in a bit of a post-holiday letdown.

And Sharon, I'm pretty sure Max has no idea what white people are.

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