My oldest is deep in the why stage. If you’ve never experienced this, or if it’s been a while, I thought I’d give you a little insight into what life is like in this stage. Here is a conversation we had in the car:
J: Why does William live so far away?
me: He lives in a different state than we live in. He lives in New Hampshire and we live in Massachusetts.
J: But he didn’t live far away before and now he does.
me: That’s right. He used to live in the same town as us, but he moved away.
J: I know our town (tells me his name and address). You live there and Dad and Matthew too. But I can’t remember how to call on the phone. What is it? (he’s been working on memorizing his phone number – we repeat it a few times) Like when George calls the fire department. He presses the numbers on the phone.
me: Yes, but not the same numbers. The numbers we said only call our house. George dialed the emergency number.
J: what is it?
me: 911. You only call that number if its an emergency though. You can get in big trouble if you call it for fun. Just like George.
me: The number is only for people that need help. If they said the emergency workers for someone just having fun then someone that really needed help might not get it.
me: They would be busy seeing if you needed help and the person that really needed help would be waiting and waiting for them?
me: The emergency workers have to check and make sure there isn’t really an emergency if you call, so they will come to you instead of someone else.
me: That is their job
J: They come when you call 991?
me: no 911.
J: Why is it 911?
me: That is the number that they picked for emergencies.
me: I don’t know. I bet Dad knows. Let’s ask him when he gets home!!!!!
Yes, that is just a short glimpse into the never ending questions I go through every day. My dad line at the end is a favorite when I just can’t go on.
This leads me to a blog post I just read and thought I’d share because I found it interesting!