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Why? The Question of the Day

May 20, 2008 3 comments

We watched a friend’s two year old on Saturday.  I even dared to take my three along with the temporary addition to the store.  By myself.  I was amazed at how well it went.  There was no screaming, no yelling, no crying, and no uncontrollable tantrums in the middle of the aisle.  The four children also behaved very well.  I was asked at least three times what it was like to have four kids.  My wife said that people were amazed that a dad would actually take four kids to the store by himself.  I told the first person that only three were mine and that we found the other one in the parking lot.  Based on the initial look of horror, I revised my response the next time I was asked. 

The beauty of watching a younger child is that your children are totally fascinated by them.  My girls could not get over the little boy’s favorite word:  Why?  By my estimate, my children heard this one simple question 1,476,328 times today.  We’re going to the store.  Why?  Let’s eat lunch.  Why?  My personal favorite was when he said that he had to go potty, to which I said Okay, let’s go to the bathroom.  Why? 

Obviously, my children do not remember that they asked why a million times a day, but I do and gladly reminded them of it.  My middle child was exasperated by the simple little word but my oldest pointed out that this was the best way for a two year old to learn and when you’re two, there’s a lot to learn. 

My girls and I are currently reading a biography of Thomas Edison.  He never stopped asking why.  Sure, he was extremely smart, but his insatiable thirst for figuring things out made him a legend.  How many people existed at the time of Edison that were as smart or smarter that we have never heard of?  It is a great thing to hold on to that desire to learn.  We certainly will not all become legendary, but our lives would be so much fuller and richer by simply asking why?

Today, I will act a little bit more like a two year old.  Why?  I don’t know yet, but I intend on finding out 🙂