Conversations with Preschoolers

Can I say how much I love having a preschooler?

My life is peppered with the most fascinating conversations. Watching Sally learn and figure things out is beautiful, and often also quite humorous.

Let me offer this exchange by way of example:

“I’m going to marry Daddy when I grown up.”

“Oh no you’re not! I already married him. You have to pick someone else, because he’s taken.” 

“Then I’m going to marry Bobby.” 

“Sorry honey, you can’t marry your brother.” 

“Why not?”

“Because . . . you just can’t.” (I still haven’t figured out how to explain this one.) 

“Do boys marry girls and girls marry boys?” 

“Usually, but sometimes boys marry boys and girls marry girls. It’s up to you.” 

“Oh, okay. I pick a girl. I will marry Jessica.” (Jessica is a friend from her preschool.)

“Well you don’t have to decide yet. You have to grow up first, and then you can decide if you want to get married, and if so who you want to marry.” 

“Yes, I know that. (Like, duh mom.)

Yep. Preschoolers are the best.

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About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.


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