Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pass Me The Sunscreen!

It was a scorching hot afternoon and the mom was spending the afternoon by the pool with her small daughter.



They were sitting at the poolside table - the mother and the little girl.



The daughter begins to chatter about the sun. "Why does it burn you?" she asks, trying to move her chubby body beneath the shade of the umbrella.



"Because it's like fire - like a giant fire ball," the mom answers. "It just burns your skin if you are out in it too long," she takes a sip of her delicious iced tea.



Then ... the small daughter begins to rattle off a series of facts that she knows about the sun. "You know ... the sun doesn't move. The earth moves. Even when it looks like the sun is moving - it's not the sun moving - it's the earth, " she takes a breath, "The earth turns and turns and it also moves around the sun. They only went to Mars, you know."



"Went where?" the mom asks.



"To Mars - you know - Mars," she rolls her eyes.



"Who went?"



"The aster-nots --- went to Mars," she looked at her mom, knowingly.



The mom smiled. "I think it was the moon, Hon. The astronauts only ever made it to the moon."



The small girl looked bewildered.



"I think maybe I'm right. I 'member learnin' that the aster-nots went to Mars," she pulled a towel around her wet body, turned her nose up towards Mars and ... sighed.


The mom smiled and ...




Dropped it.



On the upside ... The mom knew that she probably should have insisted that the small daughter listen to her - convinced her that it was in fact the moon and not Mars - but, she just didn't give a crap - you know. There are some things that are just not worth the fight. She often lets the small girl believe she is right - even when she is not - and just hopes that the daughter will learn the correct facts by the time it really matters - like high school. Surly the girl will clear up this Mars/moon fact before she enters high school - surly!

Stumble Upon Toolbar

46 comments:

TheCynicalOptimist said...

Oh, outerspace is outerspace- moon-schmoon! She is on to something! :)

Kami said...

That is the point when I would tell Jack that maybe, just maybe, since I am older and have been to school longer, that there might be a possibility that I know more than he does.

He isn't buying it though.

SIGH. Guess your approach works equally well and with less trauma.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

As they say, "do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?"

truth said...

LOL, she'll learn about them asternots soon enough.

Michelle said...

I hate to tell you, but if your little girl is anything like I was... she'll soon learn that yes, she was wrong. But in her memory, you were the one who gave her the wrong facts on whatever conversation she had involving misconceptions. My poor mom!

:)De said...

My little scholars will hear information (that I have already shared with them) from a total stranger and then present it to me as if they had been trying to teach me all along! LOL!

Peace,
:)De

Aleta said...

My cousin would have brought her daughter to the computer later that afternoon and showed her that it was to the moon, not to Mars.

Cute story and telling about parent/child relationships and who is the most stubborn.

Reminded me of a quick, fond memory.. I used to ask Mom what freckles (yes, I had them growing up). Mom replied, "It's where the sun kisses you." Isn't it funny what we remember from childhood?

Dawn said...

You're a smart mom...sometimes you just have to let them be right- even if they're wrong!

Laski Gal said...

"She often lets the small girl believe she is right - even when she is not - and just hopes that the daughter will learn the correct facts by the time it really matters."


Sometimes that is all you can hope for!

Dad said...

She might get it figured out AND then, She just might NOT ! !

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

I have been on vacation sans computer. It is great to be back and read your fun, uplifting posts.

What a cute story! And... there are some things that just aren't that important right now, right?

Hope you are alright, considering the hurricane and all. Take care...

Brenda said...

I'd let that cutie believe the aster-nots had been to Mars too.

Amanda said...

At least she knows about asternots and that they have been somewhere. CUTE GIRL!

Jen said...

You are so right - often it is just not worth the fight! Or disrupting your afternoon in the sun by the pool!

dlyn said...

Once you've seen one space body, you've seen them all right?

Kel said...

HA - I think that is a lesson we should all take to heart...pick your battles wisely, if not - well, suffice it to say there will be little rest in the home with children!

Have a great day!
~K

Kimmy said...

I pick and choose my battles too. My son is hard to convince when he thinks he is right!

Kimmy

Jennifer said...

very cute. i love the conversations you have with your kids. i look forward to many conversations of similar topics with my kids are they get a little bit older. :)

i've missed stopping by here... sorry i was MIA... we are trying to buy a house... in NY... ugh!! it's been an adventure and we are only just beginning. :)

have a great day! xoxox

duchess said...

By then maybe they'll have made it to Mars & she'll be able to say...
"See, I told you so."

Have a great day, Kellan.

Laurels word said...

My six year old knows everything too. I let her have her way once in a while :)

New to your blog, I'm enjoying it!

Have a fabulous day!

Courtney said...

What's the point of fighting now? She's not going to think this forever, she'll learn it and you'll still be wrong because she'll swear you said Mars and she told you it was the moon! Smart mom you are!

Monogram Queen said...

I agree - when it comes to the kiddos you must choose your battles carefully! Moon/Mars - not worth the aggravation! LOL

Karen said...

Yeah, I usually try to correct my 3 1/2 year old once, then let her believe whatever the heck she wants *grin*.

Kaci said...

LOL! Too cute! I find myself dropping stuff with my over zealous 4 year old often.

Stacie said...

ha, I usually drop things too because the conversation starts sounding like this:

"yes it was"
"no it wasn't"

and so on forever...lol

Bia said...

Sometimes our little one will ask a question, and recognizing it for the loaded question that it is, I'll ask "What do you want me to say?" He tells me, then I'll answer his question just how he wanted me to, and all is right with the world!

OHmommy said...

You are a smart mom Kellan. She will totally get it when she needs to get it. I love letting the kids be kids.

Cute.

Nicki said...

Good idea to just drop the subject, huh! I have to remember that. I actually find myself getting frustrated when Little Bear INSISTS that something is true, and won't listen when I try to tell her the real deal!

MamaGeek said...

Yeah, you usually have to pick between right and/or happy, dontcha?

What a CUTIE she is Kellan.

Amanda said...

You have just got to love them!
I'm glad you made it through Ike safe and well.
l,
Amanda x

dani said...

hi, kellan:)
alexis will one know the truth of moon v/s mars; but, i'll bet you a quarter she never fesses up that she was wrong and you were right, tee-hee:b what a darling picture of your little wrapped up bathing beauty!!!
love to you and yours,
dani
ps... i'm so happy you decided to keep blogging with us. a day without "on the..." posts just don't seem complete:)

Tabitha said...

I know the feeling Kellan ~ I have a 6 year old who is just the same ~ and as you said ~ some things are just not worth the fight ha ha !
love and hugs XXXX

Amanda said...

Well, a machine went to mars right? Same thing! She is one smart cookie and I'm sure she'll understand the facts soon enough. She just seems to love knowledge and that's fantastic!

Leah said...

They definately get set in their ways about the facts they "know". LOL

Sandra Carvalho said...

LOL!
She's so cute!
xoxo

Tanja said...

Another lesson in picking your battles! ;)

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Good for you for dropping it, sweet mommy. I love her assertiveness, I would never have pressed it when I was a kid. I sure would now though!

Jacey said...

I'm sure she'll figure out eventually that they went to the moon :D
And if you wanted to explain that whole sunlight/UV/burning thing to her, I could give you the classroom version.

Joanna said...

I can't wait for the conversation when she says "hey mom you member when I sort of said the moon was Mars? Yeah, I was kidding. Gotcha!" :)

Rosemary Bogdan said...

I'm chuckling. I completely agree. Sometimes you know they will find out when they find out. Not worth the argument. It does sound like a fun mother/daughter afternoon.

Christopher's mom said...

Of course she will. Right after she clears up the unicorn debate. I love it.... Let them be small for as long as they can.

Hugz,
Tami

Anna said...

What a little love! It's just that kind of sweet story that blogs were made for... ;-)

Valarie said...

Now-a-days, even if she doesn't figure it out before high school, most kids thse days think the aster-nots went to Mars and don't care enough to learn otherwise. So, she will fit right in!!

Nadine said...

I love the way kids think. They are great!!!

Darla said...

Such a cute post. I've had many of those moments as well, where you quickly weigh the pros and cons of the lil girl knowing the facts or just feeling like she knows what she's talking about. I usually argue within myself that, eventually she will really know, and leave it at that. Not always, but often.

Jaina said...

They'll also teach her that Pluto is not a planet. Poor Pluto.

Sitemap