I don't know what it is about the car, but I have the most enlightening conversations with the girls. The wheels in their heads seem to really start moving when we are moving in the car. For example;
The other day this is the conversation I overheard going on in the backseat.
Meilynn- "Emma you eat Pig."
Emma- (giggle) "I know, I love it!"
"I love sausage!"
"Mommy what else is pig?"
Me- "Umm, ham, bacon, pork chops"
Emma- "Then I love to eat pig!
Meilynn- "Emma you love to eat cow too!
Emma- "So do you Meilynn, you eat hamburger."
Meilynn- "No, Emma I only love special cows."
Emma- "What are special cows?"
Meilynn-" I only love WENDY'S cows!
Emma-"Oh, yeah (giggle) you only like WENDY'S cows!
(Wendy's is a fast food chain and Meilynn only likes the hamburgers from Wendy's right now. Oh and Lily was in the car too, but I am not sure she got it.)
And then there was this one....
We are at the beach house in Carlsbad and we have been talking about all things Ocean. The girls are just learning to boogie board and had their first wipe outs the other day. They were in the backseat talking about how bad the water tasted. I explained to them that it was salt water and not good for drinking.
Then as our conversations usually do they took a little turn.
I thought, OK, I will add a little information here. I am always looking for ways to teach them things that are important.
Me- "You cannot drink salt water, if you get a little in your mouth it won't hurt you but you would not want to deliberately drink it. Let's say you are on a deserted island (I know why did I go there, but when I am driving and distracted these things just come out.")
Meilynn- "What is a deserted island?"
Me- "An island that nobody lives on?"
Lily- "What is an island?"
Emma- "You remember we just went to Coronado Island"
Me- (I am thinking, OK, this is not where I was going with the topic, but we will go with this) So I say, "An island is land that has water all around it. OK, what I was trying to tell you is that if you were ever out in the ocean on a boat or on an island and you did not have any water you would not drink the ocean water. Do you know what you could drink?
Lily- "Apple juice?"
Me- "You are on a boat and there is nothing to drink. You have been on the Ocean for days and you have run out of anything to drink. In a situation where you are lost in the Ocean or in a desert you can drink your own pee.
Girls- "Oooh! Gross!
Me- "If you needed to you could drink it.
Emma- "Has anyone done that before."
Me- "Yes, people have done that to survive or to live when they had nothing else to drink.
Meilynn- "Then if you are hungry do you eat poop?"
Me- thinking (OK, I got myself into this) No, it is not safe to eat poop.
Me- (quick change the subject)
I did but I don't remember what it was. Sometimes I get in over my head. I thought I would just share that little tidbit, but when I started talking about deserted islands and being lost, I wanted to get off of such a scary subject. Emma has been having nightmares and the last thing I need to do is add to it.