Friday, March 4, 2011


If there is one word that I would like abolished from the English language right now, it would be...


Don't get me wrong.
I love answering my kids' questions.
I love answering any kids' questions.
I was a teacher for 14 years, I have answered a lot of questions.

But when the conversation goes a little like this, as it did this morning at school whilst walking past the building site (that every school has right now, right?), I think I'd rather beat my head against a brick wall...

Me: Oh look, the little cherry picker is bogged in the mud and the big digger is pulling it out with a chain!
Miss 3: Why?
Me: Well it rained last night and the dirt turned into mud and it's wheels got stuck.
Miss 3: Why?
Me: Because it is heavy and the wheels can't get through the mud.
Miss 3: Why?
Me: Because mud is sticky.
Miss3: Why?

(On the way back from the classroom about 5 minutes later)

Miss3: Why did the wheels get stuck?
Me: *groan*

(Back at our house about 10 minutes later)

Miss3: Why are the wheels stuck in the mud?
Me: *facepalm*

It wouldn't be so bad, if only most of our conversations didn't go this way.


  1. I feel your pain.
    Mine would follow up in 3 weeks time with a random "The wheels were stuck in the mud" in the middle of something completely unrelated.

  2. so after the millionth 'why'... I remember returning the question...'why do you think T?' and it was then, that I stopped trying to put my feet in my ears. It became my constant reply. ;D

  3. I'm not there yet.....still at the 'what's that?' despite full well knowing exactly what it is and often 10 times in a row. Oh the joys of super early education!

  4. hello,
    i had a friend who's little boy used to do the "why" thing ALL.THE.TIME. but it wasn't the nice little "why?" every time he said it, it was a painful whining wwwwwhyyyyyyyyyyyyy?
    Count your blessing that you dont have to hear him everyday.

  5. There was a time when I could never have imagined wanting to say "please. no more questions. just for a wee while." I've never actually said it. But, oh yes, I want to.

  6. Oh Thank you so much posting this Thea, all of a sudden, I don't feel so alone! My Mr3 has upped the anti on the "why" questions of late. This evening I was having a shower... and this is rare when the kids are awake, as I usually wait until they've gone to bed. Anyway, he was asking SO MANY why questions, that I titled my head back so that the water would run straight into my ears... successfully blocking out ANY MORE QUESTIONS! At least they're inquisitive I guess.


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