From the time my 4 and 1/2 year old boy wakes up until he falls asleep, he asks questions. If he’s not asking questions, he’s carrying on conversations with anyone who will listen. It’s amazing to see his mind at work, but I’ll admit that I don’t have the answer as often as I’d like.
In just one day, I had all of these conversations with Lucas.
Where is heaven? Is heaven higher than outer space? How do we get to heaven? Is it in one of the clouds? I don’t really know where heaven is, but I like to imagine it’s up high in the sky.
Do kids live in heaven? Are there mommies and daddies in heaven? Break my heart, dear child. Yes, there are kids and mommies and daddies there, but that’s not a sad thing! That’s a happy thing! They get to live with Jesus! Isn’t that wonderful! I hope he didn’t see my tears.
Will I go to heaven? Will you be in heaven with me? Heartbreaking. I sure hope so, sweetheart.
Did God make houses? Well, sort of. He made the trees, which we turn into wood to build houses. And he made people who build the houses. So yes, God built houses. Sort of.
How will the baby in your belly get out? Will he come out through your mouth? Or your belly button? Anyone want to have the facts of life talk with my four year old? Lucas, I will ask the doctor at my next visit and let you know what she says. He hasn’t asked again.
Why won’t you let me have marshmallows? Are there too many ingredients in them? This my friends, left me laughing hysterically in the baking aisle at Kroger. Kids don’t miss anything do they? I couldn’t even answer him I was laughing so hard.
Why isn’t our backyard a water park? We forgot to include that in the package when we were building the house. Sorry, kid.
When I’m 8, how old will Caroline be? Caroline will be 6. You are two years older than her. You will always be two years older than her.
When I’m 12, how old will Caroline be? Caroline will be 10. You are two years older than her. You will always be two years older than her.
When Caroline is 5, how old will I be? Seriously?
When I’m as big as Hunter (his older cousin), will I be as tall as he is? Doubt it kiddo, Hunter’s a giant.
When will I be a grown up like you and daddy? Don’t rush your life away, child.
But I can’t wait to be big!Yes, but I want you to take your sweet time growing up. The older you get, the older I get.
How old are you, mommy? I’m 30 years old.
Wow! That’s a lot! Gee, thanks.
On my next birthday, I want a superhero party. Okay, Lucas. But your birthday is in November. There are lots of people in our family with birthdays before yours.
Okay, but on my next birthday, how old will Caroline be? Kiddo, give mama a break!
A few hours later, I overheard him talking. This isn’t uncommon as he has a big imagination and one imaginary friend named “My fella.” Don’t ask.
Lucas, who are you talking to? Are you talking to your fella?
Nope. My fella moved away to Indiana. I was just talking to myself.
But, mommy? I think I want one of those games that you can play on your T.V. for my birthday, okay? Lucas? What did I say about your birthday? From now on, I don’t want to hear about your birthday again until you are in the Butterfly room at school in September.
Mom? When I’m 30 like you are, how old will Caroline be?
That my friends is just one day with my four year old. He keeps me laughing. He keeps me thinking. He keeps me crying. And yes, he drives me crazy sometimes. But I just love his curious little mind!
Can you relate?
Life happens when we converse with a 4 year old!