I have been amazed by how much Baby Girl has learned in her year at Junior Kindergarten. We find ourselves at the dinner table on a nightly basis having conversations about science, religion and current events with the boys but Baby Girl always has something to contribute. I love her view on all things. She reminds me of how complicated I have made the world for myself and how simple it really is.
For example, she explained the skeletal system to me.
“Mom, Mom, MOM!”
“Yes baby girl? “
“The Skeletal system is all our bones put together.”
“Yes it is sweetie.”
“Do you know why it’s important?”
“Tell me. Why is the skeletal system important?”
“Because if we didn’t have it, we would be all squishy on the floor.”
That’s it. That’s really all there is to it. Now, if you are in the medical profession you may need to know a little more than that, but for me, your run of the mill HR professional, that’s about all I need to know.
She also explained the Circulatory system.
“Mom, Mom, MOM!”
“Yes baby girl.”
“Do you know what the circulatory system is?”
“I think so.”
“It’s all the veins in your body that carry blood everywhere and your heart pumps it boom..boom..boom.”
(I wish Baby Girl had been my grade 5 science teacher.)
The other night she also gave us a big talking to about how Pontius Pilot killed Jesus because he didn’t want Jesus to be King and she thinks Jesus shouldn’t have trusted him.
I love the fact that she is learning so much in school and that she is eager to share that information. Where I do have a concern is that if she’s absorbing and learning this much at school, she is obviously absorbing and learning at the same rate from the environment round her.
So far, the facts she has brought home from school are pretty accurate, she seems to have a good memory for the words the teachers use as I can hear their language when she tell us about the Dinosaurs, the Solar system and a myriad of other topics.
Yesterday as Baby Girl and I were waiting for The Life to get a haircut she suddenly asks.
“Mom when you die will I get a new mom?”
“Sweetie, when I die I’ll still be your mom but if Daddy gets married again that lady would be your step mom.”
She looks pensive for a bit.
“So if you die, I would have a spy mom?”
“No honey not a spy mom, it’s called a step mom?”
“But in the movie Spy Kids, their step mom is a spy. Right?”
“Yes, but not all step moms are spies”
“Oh” she said looking very disappointed.
I have to remember that baby girl is only 5 and that her brain is absorbing all kinds of information around her both formally (in school and in books) and mostly informally (what she watches on TV, hears on the radio and listens to other say) She is not yet aware of the difference between the resources that are teaching her facts and those that are purely for entertainment purposes. Based on her thinking, the idea that step moms are spies is equal to the fact that the earth revolves around the sun.
Although I have to be more aware of what she’s “learning” and assuring that I help her to sort out fact from fiction I can’t help but think, wouldn’t life in general be more fun and so much less complicated if we could keep the simplicity of a 5 year old? And wouldn’t the world just be a much more interesting place if all step moms were indeed spies?