My five-year-old son is full of questions. ALWAYS. So much so that sometimes it drives me insane. (Okay, most of the time.)
Allow me to provide you with a snippet of our car ride conversation the other day:
D: How many potholes are there?
Me: I don't know. This road has a bunch.
D: But how many? Like, a number?
Me: Honey, I don't know. Maybe 10?
D: Why do we have roads?
Me: To get places.
D: Is there a baby in your belly?
Me: Not that I know of.
D: How do you know?
Me: Um... well... because God didn't put one there.
D: How did I come out of you?
Me: What do you mean?
D: Like, when you were in the hospital and I was born. How did I get out of your belly?
Me: Uh... the doctor helped you out.
D: How? Through your bellybutton?
Me: Yup. Through my bellybutton.
D: Is this the McDonald's near our house?
Me: No, we had to go a different way.
Me: Because there was construction on the road we usually take.
D: Why do workers do construction?
Me: To fix the roads.
D: Why do they have to get fixed?
Me: So that we don't have potholes.
D: But there were potholes on that road near our house. Why aren't those getting fixed?
And so on. You get the idea.
It's EXHAUSTING answering his questions. I even stopped to get him frozen yogurt the other day so I could get a break on our drive home.
But guess what. It didn't stop him.
I was like, "Are you eating your frozen yogurt or talking?"
His response? "I can do both."
But then I got to thinking (you know, I do that sometimes), and I realized that his curiosity is part of growing up. He is in wonder of the world around him. He loves learning. He loves socializing. And there are so many children who either do not have the ability to do this or who just can't for one reason or another.
As I kept thinking about the positives to this "thing" that once annoyed me, I shifted from being annoyed to being grateful. I love my son more than anything in the world and I would do anything for him. I am thankful that his curiosity is so strong and that I get to be a part of him experiencing the world. He is special, and so even on those days when I think I can't answer another question, I will remember this - - I am so lucky to have him. I have so much to appreciate.
What are you thankful for today?