Thursday, January 17, 2008

Who, What, When, Where, Why?

Park loves to curl up with me and read as many books as humanly possible until our eyes cross. Reading is something we both love and sharing stories with him is one of my favorite ways to spend quality time together.

But, lately, he interrupts me with so many questions that my eyes seem to cross before we've even gotten through a word or two. After answering him the first few times, I often turn the questions around for him to answer. And for sanity's sake, I sometimes even say, "We just have to keep reading to find out."

Today before nap time we were reading some of his all time favorite nursery rhymes when he started firing away with the inquisition.

"What's a diddle diddle, Mommy? Where's the cat? Does he have fur? Can I play that fiddle? Who jumped over the moon? Why? Where is the cow's tail? Why can't I hear the dog laugh? Who had fun, Mommy? Where did the dish go? He took the spoon, too? Why did he do that?"


After answering to the best of my ability, he seemed somewhat satisfied and ready to fall asleep. But, not before insisting on taking his wooden spoon from his kitchen set to bed with him, just in case the dish tried to steal it while he slept.

Although the number of questions he asks can sometimes be daunting, I love hearing the things his sweet 2-year-old brain dreams up. Learning what he thinks about helps me know and understand him even better, while strengthening our relationship.

Inspired by my precious Sarah (who was inspired by her mom, who was inspired by her sister, who was inspired by what Meredith at 7000 ft dreamed up), I'm taking that philosophy to my blog, as well, by asking you to bombard my comments with any questions you may have. These questions can be about my life, my opinion on things , or just something in general you think I may be able to answer for you or at least have fun trying. I'm looking forward to hearing what you guys wonder about for many of the same reasons I like Park's questions.

Starting on Monday, I'll choose some to answer for a couple of days. (Assuming you guys want to play along) I'm pretty much an open book, so no reasonable question will be off limits. Well, as long as you don't ask me anything about nursery rhymes, that is.

Unless, of course, your question is what I look like with crossed eyes.

15 comments:

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

Can i just say that is one reason i do not like dr seuss. It makes no sense to children who question what they are reading...

fullheartandhands mama said...

What books does your son seem to enjoy most? I have a one and a half year old son who loves the books that have a million labeled pictures. I know he is trying to build his little vocabulary, but any suggestions for fiction would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, and the fact that he took the spoon to bed is hilarious.

Tonya said...

I'd like to know the story of how you met your husband.

What a fun idea to do Q & A!

Stacey said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

My question is this: Any suggestions on getting my daughter to actually sit down to listen to us read? Sometimes she will. But, usually she isn't too interested unless she is on the potty or something. Her grandmother is a teacher and we have tons of books - she has them coming out of her ears. But, she pretty much likes to just play around and look at them. She is 2 1/2 and I would love for her to crawl up with me each day and seriously listen to the stories. I have to admit that I didn't enjoy reading as a child and don't too much as an adult...but, I want her to! Any advice?

Thanks so much!
Stacey @ Kisses From the Father

Liz*** said...

Grant went through that stage also (shocker). He still asks a ton of questions throughout the day, just not while I am reading. He is more interested in how the book will end.

Tyna said...

Okay, here's my question - two actually:

What's your fav color? What does your 'perfect day' look like?

Elizabeth said...

Very creative intro to your questions post. Cute story. Here's a question: What's your favorite book? (other than the Bible)

Deidre said...

Okay, I'll play....

What does a typical day at your house 'look like'? I was just asked this and haven't answered yet. Just wondering if I'm normal because I seriously don't feel 'normal' right now with a 6 and 2 year old :)

raenette said...

Poor Zane, he thinks books are for nap and night time unless we are doing "school" together. Park is adorable. Question for you, how are your parents, where are they and Challi anymore plans on another little one?

Mom22Boyz said...

How did you pick Park's name?? I love it! My parents wanted a different name for me and my sister; but I get so tired of all the mispronunciations!! At least "Park" is easy to say and not common!

April said...

My question is..."do you remember me...April Fletcher?" I just wanted to say I am a HUGE fan of your blog and enjoy reading your stories...were you an English major?

Tarrah said...

I have this same thing going on with my daughter. She is 3 1/2 and we could read books together all day. She started asking questions around 2 also and I have to say, it just gets worse :) There are so many questions now that I have to try really hard to not loose my patience. I just say the same things you do and I thank God that she wants to learn all she can.

Anonymous said...

In a previous post, you briefly mentioned a difficult break up from a long-term boyfriend before meeting your husband.

I'm a college student currently going through this and wondered if you had any advice that might ease my pain.

Amy T. said...

I am also the wife of a youth pastor, but at a very small church. Is being the wife of a youth pastor at a large church more challenging?

And on a completely different note, what job/jobs did you have before being a full time Mommy?

Anonymous said...

Okay, here's an easy one. In the photo where Park's artwork and pictures are displayed, what is the wall color? I'm looking for a good gray for my boys' room, and I really like that color. Thanks.
Sharon