06 June, 2008

Questions from a Five Year Old !!

Mr.Exasperation is on a roll - when it comes to asking questions.
Yeah Yeah - I know - I need to say something new.

"What's new about Mr.E asking questions ?" you ask

"It is nothing new. Just that the questions are getting more complex by the day."

Want to pit your wits ? Here are some of the questions that have been posed over the past couple of days.

1. Mummy ? Some big stones are called Rocks and some big stones are called Boulders. Right ? Are Rocks and Boulders the same ?

2. What is a RainForest ? Does it always rain in the RainForest ?

3. Are there SunForests ? SpringForests ? AutumnForests too ?

4. Egypt is a very hot place - right mummy ? The Sphinx is in Egypt right ? How can the Sphinx sit in the desert all the time. Won't the Sphinx feel hot ? Does the Sphinx have an AC to put on ?

5. Why don't fishes close their eyes when they sleep ?

6. If the word FRY is spelt as F.R.Y - then why should I write F.R.I.D.A.Y for Friday. Why should I not write F.R.Y.D.A.Y ?

7. If I was a little baby inside Mummy's tummy - then how did I get out of Mummy's tummy ?

8. When it rains, Mummy - the trees drink the rain water right ? But Mummy - if the trees are not feeling thirsty, then where will the water go ?

9. Mummy - when there is a big storm - there is lots of rain right ? If there is lots of rain then there is sooo much water right ? Mummy - if the plants and trees drink so much water - will they also get a tummyache ?
(This question stems from the fact that when Abhay drinks too much water too fast - he invariable ends up with a tummyache. And since we've told him that plants and trees are living beings too - his simple logic is - if he gets a tummyache by drinking too much water, the plants and trees should too !!!! Right ?)

10. We've always told him that creatures in the animal kingdom and the insect world don't trouble human beings unless humans trouble them. If we leave them alone, they leave us alone. This question came out of the blue the other day

"If we don't trouble crocodiles and sharks - then they won't bite us ?"

In response to the above question we told him "If sharks and crocodiles are really hungry - then they do bite people - irrespective of whether people trouble them or not."

And dripping with the innocence only a child can muster - pat came another question "Then when I go to see a shark or a crocodile - can you please tell them not to be hungry ?"

These are just a few of the questions that he fires through the day. It is simply a questions galore out here :). Nothing fazes him, nothing stops him - till he gets what he considers a sensible answer to his question, he can just go on and on and on and on ...

And his questions do, many a times, take us by surprise. Because it brings to light an angle which we, in all our infinite wisdom, have not even considered and thus, increasing our scope of thought too. It is definitely not something to be taken lightly, not something to be brushed off and most definitely not something to be ignored.

It is more of a chain reaction actually. There is a question. There is a response or an answer to that question. And the response invariably leads to another question and on and on and on it goes, in its own way, serving to enrich the existing knowledge base and also widening the scope, the panorama of thought and imagination.

Like Albert Einstein once said

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."

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8 voice(s) said so:

WhatsInAName said...

Aha! Kids and Curiousities :) How i love them - these questions.

So what was your answer for this
7. If I was a little baby inside Mummy's tummy - then how did I get out of Mummy's tummy ?

mummyjaan said...

Gosh, the inevitable one: how did I get out of Mummy's tummy? C-sec makes the answer easy; I always give this one: "the doctor made a cut in mummy's tummy, took you out, and stitched mum back up".

Now I'm curious: how do other mommies answer that one?

Archana said...

hey , you know what gauri, my 3 year old son has the same curiousity.Non stop why's and question. As you said the questions keep getting complex. Infact he had the same question about tummy ache and trees drinking too much water when there are floods. Amazing how their minds work.The important thing is to make this innovative mind continue to ask and think .

Just Like That said...

LOL at 3 and 8. Li'l Mr. E is an original, he is! :-D

Mama - Mia said...


awesome!! kids can really stump you so totally! nahi?!

i wanna know your answers in the next post! :D

and how did baby get outta tummy is easier than how it got in? nahi?! ;)

loved rocks and boulders! enlighten me too M. E! :)



dipali said...

They really make you think, these wonderfully exasperating kids!

Manpreet said...

Great questions...from a fertile mind.
My daughter is now 10 and has been asking questions for eternity now. Only now, when she asks questions, she suffixes them with " was it a good question?" :-)
Wait till he does that too.

choxbox said...

this kid too cute.