One way we know summer has arrived at our house is the onset of swimming lessons. Michal Kate and Addie are six and four respectively and already I cringe at the appropriateness of chosen swim wear. But that's for another blog. I love to go and watch them transform into little fish, marveling at the patience of the instructors.
My wife was telling me about a little girl in Michal's class who needed a bathroom break in the middle of her lesson. Since my wife, Kendra, is a pro with kids and was at the time the only other adult female, the teacher asked her if she would take this little girl to the restroom while she continued with the rest of the class. More than happy to oblige, Kendra took this little girl and was waiting while she took care of nature's call. The little girl seized the opportunity.
"One question," she began as she sat deep in thought. "Just how do the babies come out?"
"That's a question for your mom," Kendra said quickly.
"Well, I already asked her and she won't tell me," the girl said.
"Well, then I won't tell you either," Kendra replied.
Kids amaze me sometimes. Sure, they are precocious and will surprise you in a million different ways, but it is amazing just how much they actually understand. For instance, that little girl understood that it was useless to ask a man how babies come out. We still haven't figured it out either. Like Carol Burnett said, it defies logic for something the size a watermelon to fit through an opening the size of a lemon. It can be explained. We can even watch. But we remain convinced of the idea that we are all watching special effects wizardry.
Even C-sections confuse us. Comedian Steven Wright once said he was born by Caesarian section. As he has grown up he has noticed no ill-effects of this method. However it does seem odd that whenever he leaves the house he has to go through a window instead of the door.