Thursday, January 30, 2014

Why?

When Graham was just a little burrito in the crook of my arm, his eyes wide with wonder at anything from a lock of my hair to our ceiling fan, I would hear mothers complain about their toddlers' incessant lines of questioning. "Why this? Why that? Why can't I put Cheerios up my nose? Why is my nostril too small?" I would sigh at their exasperation, promising myself that I would never blunt my child's quest for enlightenment, but would rather greet his appetite for discovery with the lush fruits of knowledge from the garden of his mother's wisdom. Once intellectually fed, my cherub would return to his imaginative play, and I would resume lotus pose.

Calm amidst the storm ... call me Mother Earth (as it is depicted on my toddler's train table)
Fast forward two years.

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Me: (insert any statement)

Graham: Why?
 
Me: (insert any statement)

 Graham: Why?
 
TIMES INFINITY PLUS ONE.
 
Me: BECAUSE GOD MADE IT THAT WAY!

Graham: Why?

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In the Costco parking lot today. "Where is the sun?" "Behind the clouds." "Why?" "Because it's a cloudy day." "Why?"

The boy is insatiable, and now I understand the exasperation. Why? Why? Why? Why?

Because Mom needs some ice cream.

Sat Nam.



2 comments:

  1. Before reading any words in your post, I kept thinking, "Is that a train table? It looks like a train table."

    Your first paragraph is hilarious, and a perfect description of the pre-parenthood judgment that everyone experiences. I love it!

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    1. Ferreals. I was a perfect parent until I had kids.

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