May 14, 2004

My Son Asks the Tough Questions

We have been working with our two-year-old, Michael, on basic knowledge of God.

Today he came up to his mother and asked: "Mommy, who made the Moon?"

"Who made the Moon, Mikey?" she asked (this is a whole conversational method my son has invented, whereby he asks us the question he wants us to ask him).

"God made the moon." was his reply. "Who made the Sun?"

"Who made the Sun, Mikey?"

"God made the Sun. Who made airplanes?"

So it seems my son has entered early into the debate that rages between Brazilians and Americans as to the true inventor of the airplane--the Wright Brothers in 1903, or Santos Dumont in 1906.

We should have known this question would come up. Mikey has been absolutely obsessed with airplanes since our March trip to Brazil. We should have been prepared for the inevitable.

Now we have to try to decide: do we raise him believing in the Wright Brothers, or Santos Dumont? Or, do we teach him both and let him decide when he gets older? How do we know he will make the Wright (oops, I mean "right") decision?

I can't seem to find any parenting guides that deal specifically with the "who invented the airplane?" question, so I guess we are just going to have to wing it.

Posted by Andrew on May 14, 2004 10:29 AM.


You might have to explain your puns to some people... I'm afraid that some of your Comings humor may have flown over their heads.

Was this entry a parody of something else? It seemed to be a take-off... but I can't place it.

Posted by: Joseph at May 14, 2004 12:35 PM

"wing it" huh? clever

Posted by: Daniel at May 16, 2004 5:09 PM

lol... Comings humor...

Posted by: Megan at May 19, 2004 10:08 AM