Thursday, September 27, 2007
My son said to me the other day "what are pubic lice?" what a question!
I was driving 4 kids to school last year when they asked me what HIV was, try explaining that at 8.30 am to an 8 year old and three 10 year olds.
I remember someone once saying "don't be afraid of the questions" I like that, I'm not always cool with not having the answers, but I do enjoy asking questions.
I love the way children approach questions it's not that the questions are simple it's just that they aren't afraid to ask and, unlike adults, they don't worry about looking stupid.
We know someone whose son came home and said "I am not sure if this is swearing or not, but can I say it backwards and you can let me know?" his mother whose was very pleased with this good mannered attitude said yes and her son then said "off piss"
I guess we all have our own set of questions, probably not as simple as the ones above, but we shouldn't be frightened of them.
I love that old cliche, "the more you know, the more you know that you don't know" I think it's true.
The worst question I ever asked was upon visiting someone I had never met before, I was very tired and they had a picture on the fridge, I thought the face was familiar, and said "is that a picture of the pope?" the lady I was staying with said "No thats my mother"!!!! it was a hole I felt unable to dig out off. The next morning I looked again and of course she looked nothing like the pope.
Questions are good, just got to make sure you ask them tactfully.