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Peas in a pod

my little boy asked me
how babies are made.

My husband and I explained
that men have sperm,
and women have eggs,
and that the two come together
to create tiny people.

“Oh!” said Li’l D.
“Like peas in a pod!”

Anthony and I

We explained,
“Sometimes there are two moms,
which means two pods,
or two dads–”

“Which mean two peas!”

“Yes! And then,
moms and dads
need a little help
matching peas with pods.”

“Oh, okay!”
exclaimed Li’l D,
skipping onward
while singing.

  1. September 4, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    This is perfect.

  2. Paul
    September 4, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Exactly what he needed to hear – an explanation without too much info, Perfect.

    • September 5, 2016 at 7:02 am

      I used to give long, unwieldy explanations for just about everything, but after hearing how he boiled everything down to a couple key points … I started offering up small bits and responding to questions, instead of monologuing and seeing what stuck. :p

  3. September 4, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Long may he skip and sing.

  4. September 4, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Great explanation, I might borrow it when the time comes šŸ™‚

    • September 5, 2016 at 7:04 am

      I loved his analogy!

      Though I know he’ll take questions a different route in the near future (“but how do they get together?!”), I was glad he saved that for a later day. šŸ˜€

  5. September 5, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Brilliant post, I love this. Well done answering that one.

    • September 5, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Thank you! I love it when D answers these questions with both Anthony and me present. Answers are (feel?) much better between the two of us than when it’s just me. Brain share FTW! šŸ™‚

  6. September 5, 2016 at 5:38 am

    This is so sweet!šŸ’•

  7. September 5, 2016 at 7:09 am

    This is perfect, you told it in a way he understood, using his ideas, while still teaching acceptance of others. Inspiring.

    • September 7, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you! I’m not sure yet how these conversations will go with Littler, who seems more exuberant and less contemplative so far, but I hope some of what I’m learning from Li’l D now will also work for Littler later. šŸ™‚

      • September 7, 2016 at 4:59 pm

        The older child will teach the younger, the younger will teach the older. It’s awesome.

  8. September 5, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Fabulously honest explanation.

  9. September 5, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    I love how with kids it’s just simple. Prejudice and hatred are definitely taught. Love comes natural. Hugs.

    • September 7, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      There were a couple of times in preschool where he clearly heard stuff other than what we were teaching, so it’s refreshing to now see so many indications he has shed those. (He does know that judgment still happens; we answer those questions honestly, all the while being so grateful how he gravitates back toward love. It’s a great reminder for me.)


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