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Big Questions From Little People
Emma and I were driving the other day and singing along to one of her favorite kid songs “Found a Peanut”. I’m sure you’ve heard of it- it’s a classic. It goes like this: “Found a peanut, found a peanut, found a peanut just now…” And then continues on to the narrator eating the peanut, getting sick, dying, and then waking up only to realize the saga of the rotten peanut was just a dream. About thirty seconds into the song, this is what Emma says to me:
Emma: Mommy, why does Daddy have a peanuts?
Me: Ummm. Do you mean a penis?
Emma: Yes. Peanuts. That’s what I said.
Me: Well, he’s a boy and boys have penises.
Emma: I have a peanuts too.
Me: No. You have a vagina.
Me: You are a girl, and girls have vaginas. Boys have penises.
Me: That’s just the way we are made. Does Mommy have vagina?
Me: Does Annie have a vagina?
Me: Do you have a vagina?
Me: That’s right. We all have vaginas because we are girls. Daddy is a boy. What does Daddy have?
Emma: A peanuts.
Me: You got it.
Emma: But I don’t have a hole like Daddy. Daddy has a hole.
Me: You do have a hole. Yours is on the inside of your body and Daddy’s is on the outside.
Me: Because he is a boy and he has a penis, and you are a girl and you have a vagina.
Emma: Ok Mommy.
Omgomgomgomg. Can I just stop time, or reverse the clock? When did my baby turn into a little person who asks questions about peanuts and holes? She’s three, people. THREE!
In totally related news, I bought these last night:
Because I was raised by a hippie and a psychotherapist, these books had permanent spots on my nightstand. Did any of you have them too? I have to say, that seeing these again brought back very fond memories of learning about the birds and the bees. In fact, it almost makes me excited to start this new chapter in life. Almost. But not quite.
If you need to find me, I’ll be in the kitchen with my head in the oven.
How do you approach tough subjects with little people who have big questions? Am I on the right track here guys?