As the mother of a four-and-a-half-year-old (the half is very important by the way), I am at the daily mercy of his very inquiring mind. Random thoughts and profound questions hurled at me over breakfast, when I'm driving, when I'm paying for the shopping, when I'm hanging out the washing. I'm never prepared, and never seem to know the answer! For example:
Do bees do poos? What does their poo look like?
Why can't you see air, but you can feel it?
Why can't you see planets during the daytime?
Are all stars planets?
What does a turtle look like when it's cross? (this is my personal favourite).What do the army men do?
What makes a cloud?
How does electricity work?
How big is Jupiter?
What are those big pipes for at the side of the road?
I should have quick, snappy answers to these questions which give him the information he needs. But I don't. How do you easily explain what army men do? What are the pipes for? Do turtles ever get cross? Are planets stars? (Professor Brian Cox, if you're reading.....)
Then, in the car the other day, he piped up with this: "Mummy, I will have to leave the house when I am a daddy, won't I?"
Wow. I was banking on having at least another 18 years or so before even starting to think about that. So, I reassured him that all of that was a long, long way off, told him a brief story about mummy meeting daddy and having him and Sam and suggested he have a look at his Ben 10 magazine.
His next question: "But who will be the mummy if I am the daddy?"
Now, that is one question I definitely don't know the answer to!