I work with kids on a regular basis, and it always seems to surprise me what they say. One of my favorite things to do is to sit down for lunch with a group of kids. The things they say and the situations I find myself in make me smile and squirm all at the same time.
Kid Encounter Part I
Premise: We were sitting at lunch discussing roller coasters and fair rides.
None of the names used are real. The ages of the girls range from 6-8.
Erin: "I was on a ride and saw a baby."
Me: "A baby baby?" (making the rocking motion)
Erin: "Yes a baby baby."
Cali: "Like the kind that comes out of a mom's tummy?"
Malory: In a quiet voice "Babies don't come out of the tummy."
Everyone stares at Malory. I'm dumb struck as I know what is coming.
Malory: Stands up and points down you know where and says "They come out down there."
Cali: "No they don't!"
Malory: "Yes. They do!"
The girls stare back and forth, both convinced they are right as to where babies come out at.
Me: "Yes, some do come out there and some come out of the belly too. You should talk to your parents about this : )" Divert subject "When you go to the fair, would you rather eat the food or ride the rides?"
Crisis averted. I never want someone else explaining to my future kids about the birds and the bees so I divert all iffy situations to the parents. Only out of respect, not awkwardness. Never.