Our commute to preschool was full of interesting conversations. I tried to jot down as much as I could remember.

1. Amy “Why don’t I bring my wipe-off book?”
Me “I don’t know why you didn’t bring it.”
Amy “No, why DON’T I bring my wipe-off book?”
Me “I don’t know.”
Amy (bangs her arm, sighs dramatically.)
Me “What are you upset about?”
Amy “Can I be alone for a while?”
Me “I need you to be able to talk to me now.”
Amy “Okay, what would you like to talk about?”
Me “I want to know why you were upset. You said ‘Why don’t I bring my wipe-off book,’ and I said ‘I don’t know.’ Why were you upset about that?”
Amy “Because someone should know!”
Me “You’re the only one who could know; you’re the one who makes that decision. We don’t have a rule about the wipe-off book.”
Amy “But I DON’T know!” and something about someone should know everything, and being upset about not knowing everything.
Me “Yes, it’s upsetting not to know everything.”
Amy “Only God knows everything.”
Me “And that’s comforting.”
Amy “Yes, it is.”

2. Amy “Are we going to put up our Christmas tree at Christmas?”
Me “Yes.”
Amy “Why do people do that?”
Me “Put up Christmas trees?”
Amy “Yeah.”
Me “… Well, I think it started in Germany. People brought in branches from evergreen trees, as a reminder that life continues — that some things are still alive in winter, and that life would return in the spring. When Christianity spread, people decided they could use that tradition for Christmas, too. After all, God keeps things alive and makes life return in spring.”
Amy “I don’t understand you.”
Me “What?”
Amy “I don’t understand what that means. How? How does he do it?” (I think that’s what she said — something like it, anyway.)
Me “That’s a hard question… well, since God made everything, he’s able to keep things alive.”
Amy “I don’t understand you.”
Me “Do you want me to keep trying?”
Amy “No.”

3. Amy “Did God make pretend things?”
Me “No, but he made imagination, which allows people to make pretend things. He didn’t make firetrucks, but he made the things firetrucks are made from, and he made the brains of people who figure out how to make them.”
Amy “What’s a brain?”
Me “It’s the organ in your head that you use for thinking. Your feelings are there, too.”
Amy “And attitudes.”
Me “Yeah. People usually talk about the heart when they talk about feelings and attitudes, but they really happen in your brain. The heart just pumps blood… Did you know that in Bible times people thought feelings happened in the kidneys?”
Amy “What are kidneys?”
Me “They’re near your waist, by your back; they filter your blood to make pee.”

We then talked about how the body has two ways to get rid of stuff — poop and pee. We talked about the long tube from mouth to anus, and how in the intestines the good or needed stuff goes into the blood and what’s left comes out as poop. And we talked about how the blood carries good stuff to the cells and carries bad stuff to the kidneys, which make the pee and send it to the bladder, which pushes it out. We talked about extra stuff, too, how extra liquids make more pee, and how extra food gets stored as fat. I wish I remembered more of the questions and answers for this whole part.

After I talked about the intestines sending to the blood the parts of the food that the body can use:

Amy “What about pudding?” (I.e. she wanted to know what parts of pudding does the body use or get rid of.)


5 thoughts on “Commute

  1. I love that conversation! I was really sad when Danny got his driver’s license because we always had such good conversations while driving. I love how you handled it when she said she didn’t understand you. It cracks me up that her question about pretend things became a conversation about the digestive system.

    So, what about pudding? 😉


    • That cracked me up, too! I think I said something about milk and eggs being good, and maybe the sugar is what got me going on extra stuff being stored as fat.

    • It was really fun. I unfortunately have limited energy for a week of commuting… today I was much less interested in paying attention to conversation AND to driving. It helps not to have music on — she talks so randomly and frequently that it’s pretty impossible to have a focused listening time, but having “background” music makes it difficult for me to participate in conversation attentively.

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