Thursday, May 13, 2010

Conversations with a Preschooler, #2

Scene: Oscarelli family kitchen.

Jenni: Oscar!  Guess what!  We're going to Xavier's house today!

Oscar: We're going to Xavier's house?

Jenni: Yes.

Oscar: And to Pam's house?

Jenni: Yes, and to Pam's house [Pam is Xaiver's mother]. Are you excited?

Oscar: Oh, yeah!

Oscar wanders out of kitchen for a few moments; returns.

Oscar: Does Xavier have another mom?

Jenni: What?

Oscar: Does Xavier have another mom?

Jenni.  Oh!  No.  Xavier has one mom and one dad, just like you have one mom and one dad.

Oscar: Oh.

Oscar wanders out of kitchen again; returns shortly thereafter.

Oscar:  But does Danny have another mom?

Jenni: Yes.  Danny has two moms.

Oscar: Oh.

Jenni: Who are Danny's moms?

Oscar: Monica and Susanne!

Jenni: Right.  So, Danny has two moms.  And you have one mom and one dad.  And Xavier has one mom and one dad.  And some families have two dads and no moms.  And some families have just a mom or just a dad, like Nora's family.

Oscar: Umm...Okay.  Are we going to Xavier and Pam's house now?

Jenni: Yeah, we're going.


Mrsbear said...

Those little sponge brains. I love this age.

Jan said...

You get a great big gold star for explaining that one so well.

Susanica said...

Love it Jenni! Absolutely love it. -Monica (aka one of Danny's moms)

VandyJ said...

We have the fun of explaining Turbo's two uncles(my husband's brother and his partner), his other uncle(my single brother) and then all the honorary aunts and uncles. Great way to put it for Oscar.

Strawberry said...

Very nice conversation!

gretchen said...

I love that this generation of our kids has such a different experience than we had. Jude is just like Oscar - a total "yeah, so?" viewpoint toward things that when we were kids would have been shocking. I really believe that prejudice is evaporating in that generation. I pray this is true.

Sprite's Keeper said...

And yet he accepts it a lot better than some adults I know. Go Oscar! And go Jenni for showing him it's NOT that big a deal and it IS a good thing!

Captain Dumbass said...

I love when you go to all the trouble to explain something so they'll understand you and then they just shut you down.

Casey said...

Was there steam coming out of his ears from thinking so hard? Ha!

Dr. Heckle said...

My wife teaches preschool and brings home the best stories. Kids are amazing.

Frogs in my formula said...

It's so cute how they try to figure out who belongs to who and how families work. Junior constantly asks me, "Is Grammie your mommy and are you MY mommy?"