(This conversation actually happened after a Daddy Daughter Day when my daughter was about 3 … that’ll teach me to leave them alone together for long periods of time.)
At about 2am, Ry wanted called me into her room because she couldn’t sleep until she got some important answers to pressing concerns. She is so insightful in the wee hours. I guess watching some of her older brother’s movies with her dad had sparked important questions about survival.
Ry: If a laser hit a kid what would happen?”
Now let’s not forget it’s 2am and I’m trying sleep while answering these serious questions.
Me: Well, there are lots of different types of lasers. Some can help your skin or your body, and they don’t really hurt at all. Mommy knows this because she wants to get broken capillaries zapped and hair removed and dark spots lightened… (imagine me trailing off into lovely dream about having all the areas on my face and body zapped back into their 20s).
Ry: Nooo I meeaan the laser in the Super Mario Bros movie that Luigi shot at the mouse and made his ship explode?
Me: Ah, that kind of laser, the kind that isn’t aesthetically useful at all (what a waste). Well, I guess it would hurt, but those lasers don’t really exist.
Ry: But, Luigi had one.
Me: Yes, but that’s just made up.
Ry: What about sharks? They’re not made up … they exist right?
Now, I’m officially awake, much to my dismay. But every mom knows a fear of sharks can ruin all good beachy vacations until the time when the kids are too old to want to vacation with you anymore!
Ry: Could a kid get eaten by a shark?
Me: (Careful Jenny) Ummmmmmm I guess, but they don’t usually eat people, ‘cause we taste yucky.
Ry: I don’t taste yucky, I’m sweet.That’s why the mosquitoes bite me, and Daddy is sweet, but you and J are sour.
Oh, we’re sour alright, especially at 2am when we’re trying to tread lightly into shark infested waters…
Ry: What about electricity? Could that fire?
Ahhh, a quick transition, fear of sharks averted (for now) gotta love toddlers.
Me: Huh? (I questioned, as I realized this was about to go into what happens to people when they are electrocuted or on fire.)
Ry: If a dragon falls in a fire what would happen?
Another surprising digression. Phew.
Me: Well, dragons breathe fire, so they probably have super thick skin and I bet they would be just fine.
Ry: Like a seal? A seal has skin like a dragon, so a seal would be okay if it was on fire, right?
Please do not judge me, how am I supposed to talk about seals on fire at 2 am? Who knows where that could go? So I played it safe.
Ry: How about a kitty, cause they are soft and furry. What if a kitten was on fire?
Holy crap! I played it safe and it went there??? I’m working on 40% of my brain power and I’ve just been asked what would happen to an adorable fluffy little kitty if it was on fire. Awesome!
Me: OK then … it is really time to go to sleep now. We’ll talk about this tomorrow (never).
Well, I’m pretty sure I failed that test of my parenting ability! I’m soooo much better at multiple choice … Scantron? Bluebook? I mean, give a mom a fighting chance here!
Make me feel better, when have you dropped the ball?
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