Friday, July 14, 2006

E-Nun-Ci-Ate

As the girls were getting ready to go swim yesterday Reia asks me this question:

"Mommy, what is a cannibal?"
My eyes furrow and I slowly turn my head to have her repeat, "Pardon me?"
"What is a cannibal?" Slightly put out since she thinks I wasn't listening.
"Where did you hear that word?" I'm thinking Backyardigans? They go on all kinds of weird adventures. Maybe I should be watching more closely.
"Kamryn." (Don't worry Richelle, it gets better.)

So I'm wondering, #1 why does Kamryn know this word? and #2 do I tell her?
I decide rather than make it some mysterious thing to think about, which she would, to just tell her.

"A cannibal is a person who eats other people."
"That's disgusting, mom."
"Yes, it is; and it's against the law." Not really sure what that point served, but I felt like I had to add something.
"But what does that have to do with water?"

Suddenly the light goes off in my head. Kamryn. Swimming.--CANNON BALL.

So happy I just shared with my 4 1/2 yr old what a cannibal was unnecessarily.

22 comments:

hcreek7 said...

Remember to ask more questions like, "Why do you want to know what _____ means?" or "What do you think it means?" first before answering precarious questions. The more you learn about why they are asking the more tailored your answer has the possibility to be. It's always interesting to try to successfully(and healthily) make it through the minefield of "grown-up" topics that we think we hear them asking. "Cannibal" may seem small in comparison later. Tee-hee-hee!

Clemntine said...

I commented, and I think it disappeared. How come it happens to my words and not my thighs? Oh, the imponderable questions of life...

Anyway, in case the other comment doesn't make it through, thanks for stopping by my blog.

Enjoyed the post today. We've had a few Hillbilly Redneck moments around here, where what I heard weren't near 'bout what they said. Hilarity ensues.

Now, I can read your archives while my naked, hungry family huddles in the laundry room waiting for me to remember my duties...

PEZmama said...

THAT is funny! Very funny. Fortunately, knowing what a cannibal is isn't TOO big a deal.

Kristina P (Live Each Moment) said...

ROFL. Sorry, that really makes me laugh!

Addie said...

HA! I love that you told her it was against the law. But only because I would do the same thing.

Next time I hear a kid yell "Cannon Ball" I'll think of Reia!

BooMama said...

"And it's against the law"? CRACKED ME UP.

Because of all the issues inherent in the practice of cannibalism, I believe it being against the law is definitely the most critical. :-)

Too funny.

Brenda said...

LOL! Well now you'll never have to worry about her becoming a cannibal, especially since, you know, it's against the law. That's hilarious.

Robin said...

I guess if you have a penchant for eating people then breaking the law is the least of yoor worries!

Barb said...

So did you ever find the courage to tell her what cannon ball means? Hilarious.

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

She could have asked you where babies come from...Thats likely the question that has been answered way too detailed more than any other question on earth! Cannibal she might forget - you can hope so anyway.

Susie said...

So so so funny Robin! I think you need to write a book about all these hilarious "bits of life" that are happening to you and your little munchkins. I would definitely buy it. Thanks for the prayers for Skip's surgery, too!

Rebekah said...

Oh my goodness! I just had this conversation with my child yesterday. She asked what part of the pig/cow we eat. So, I said the flesh. She said, human's have flesh, have we eaten that? Eek! What is so funny is that I gave her the same response that you did!!! I said, if a person eats another human they are a cannibal and that's against the law. Then I added, and very disgusting. hehehe Being a mom sure is exciting!

Hey - have fun next week!

Amanda said...

I think that's hilarious! I don't think she's ruined! :)

Barb said...

Robin! You won't believe it! Run over to my site and look in my sidebar! I did it! Whew....

Paulette said...

Hey Robin, I have been visiting your site for awhile and thought I would say hello. This post was hallarious,it reminded me when I did the same thing with my little girl at 5. She came home from kindergarten and said Mommy why are people gay?? I said excuse me too!!! So I told her and she said what does that have to do with Happy? Well from now on I asked alot more questions.. Great post and I love your site.

Brenda said...

Hey - do you know why cannibals don't eat clowns?

Because they taste funny!

melissa said...

that is so funny and sounds exactly like something that would happen at my house. i found your blog through boomama. i read further down that you are planning to homeschool! good for you. we love it.
nice to meet you.

Sarah said...

Robin, Caiden walked around the house for days asking about the Golf Ball of Judas before I realized he meant the Gospel of Judas. And before that, when he was about 3, he'd say "Excuse me, gentlemen," but it sounded a lot like a curse word that I will refrain from typing. But I will spell it out to you in person. For months, Pace and I couldn't figure out who he'd heard a curse word from, and all the while, he was trying to be polite! But at least now she knows it's against the law:)

And y'all have FUN! I'm green with envy . . .

On Fire For Him said...

oh, thank you for that LOL moment. I was just about to turn off to go get my youngest up from his nap. This was what I ended with. I literally laughed out loud!

On Fire For Him said...

Little Bits,
Gave credit to your blog today in my article. Thanks again for the laugh! And I hope that its okay with you that I referenced your blog!

Nancy said...

Okay, you're on the blog roll. That takes the cake. Thanks for sharing!

Susanne said...

That's funny! Just be on your toes when they ask you something like "Where did I come from?" when what they really mean is What city do I live in? Hee! Thanks for visiting my place and leaving a comment. Nice to "meet" you.