a little light conversation.

September 1, 2011

Children have insights that experience can’t buy.  Eliott is 4-1/2 years old. He’s smarter than the average bear and completely full of energy. We sat down at the dinner table to talk about the world at large.

First we had to define it.

Me: What is the world?

Eliott: The earth outside. Then the world is in it.

Me: So, the world is everything outside your house?

Eliott: No, the earth is outside. The world is everywhere.

Me:What do you think about the world?

Eliott: It’s like…this big. (arms stretched out to indicate the size of the world)

Me: What’s the most important thing in the world?

Eliott: Cleaning up. The people dirty the town and we need to clean up the dirt.

Note: On this first day of the year, I wasn’t really thinking about pollution, but he makes a good point.

Me: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you travel?

Eliott: I want to go to South Africa. Is it cold there?

Me: I think so, at least for part of the year.

Eliott: I want to see the polar bears. We need lots of gas to get there.

Me: Gas is expensive.

Eliott: Yeah, maybe it’s too much gas.

Me: If you could be anyone int he world, who would you choose?

Eliott: God.

Me: Oh, wow. Okay. Why God?

Eliott: Cause he’s the most important thing and I could just puff and do things.

Me: What would you do?

Eliott: I’d give my mommy so much life.

I’d like to interject that this was a proud moment for mommy.

Eliott: A thousand love & life to mommy and daddy. And my brother would be dead if he was being bad.

I’d like to interject that this gave a proud mommy pause and I quickly changed the subject.

Me: Eliott what to you think about education? Does everyone need to go to school?

Eliott: Yes. Except for summer. Can we go fishing this summer?

Me: I’m sure that’s possible.

Eliott: And then we can eat the salmon?

Me: Maybe.

Eliott: I don’t want to do this anymore. I’m done.

Me: Okay. One last question. What’s special about you?

Eliott: I have love, so much love.

Me: Yes, Eliott. Yes, you do.

This post was originally published on January 1st, 2011.

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