It's that time of life when Lily has begun the eternal (and infernal) question, "Why?" It's enough to drive this parent to duck taping said child's mouth at times. Truly, some of her "whys" seem almost reflexive because at times she asks it when the reason for me telling her to do something is so obvious you'd have to be dead not to know "why." And did I mention that I've answered that same "why" at least twenty million times before. (Yes, that many times. And, no, this is not hyperbole. Grin)
I will give you an example.
It's relatively nice out, but there's still a nip in the air, so I tell her: "Please bring a coat with you."
Me: "Well, it's a bit chilly out, and you might want it. You don't have to wear it at all, but it's best to be safe."
Lily sticks her arm out the door for three seconds and shrugs. "It's not cold to me. I don't need a coat."
Me: O.o "I didn't ask you if you needed one. I told you to bring one, just in case."
Lily: "Oh. Okay, but I'm not wearing it."
Less than fifteen minutes later, she's wearing the jacket and complaining that it's too cold.
Then there are the other "why" questions that are great, but challenging to answer. Like the one she asked the other night while showering.
Lily: Mommy, why don't lightning and water mix?
Me (trying to figure out how to explain this to her): Well, water is a great conductor of electricity.
Me: Do you know what conductor means?
Lily: Like a train conductor?
Me (You have to love the English language.): No.
And I proceed to try to explain what "to conduct" means in this context and why you don't want to be in a swimming pool during a thunderstorm. Yes, those "why" questions are fun, but, in their own right, they can drive a person batty too.
Of course, there are the awkward "why" questions like: "Why can't I take a shower with Daddy, but I can with you?" That one I usually refer to him. (grin) Or "Why do boys have an outie and girls have an innie?" (Note to self: pick up a good sex ed book from the library. Grin)
So, now, I am bogged down with "why." Seriously? Why me? (grin)