I should have taken more college classes way back when

While driving with Matt:

We came to an intersection in a rural area. Matt asked, "Is this part of a city?" I said, "It's a rural area. I think it's part of C____ R_____ Township."

He paused for a bit, then asked, "What makes a place a city or a town or a township?"

"I don't know," I replied.

"Is [our town] a city?"

"I'm not sure, but I think it is."

"Do you have to have a fire department, a post office and a library [which is what our town has all in one area] to be a city?" He was determined. "Does a township not have those things?"

"I don't know."

"How do people decide how to make a county?"

"I don't know!" My ignorance is apparent and I don't like it.

"Is it based on how many people are in it?"

"I don't know! But I don't think population has a lot to do with it. You'd better grow up and go to college and take political science classes so you can find out."

Then he started asking me questions about squids and dolphins. I think he's going to have to go to college for an awfully long time. And I was going to have to take a nap before my head exploded.

At least they weren't the "what if" questions. Although I almost like those better because I can tell him to come up with his own answers to questions like "What if the biggest thing in the universe was a diving board?" or "What if the heaviest thing in the universe was a guy this tall?" (holding his hands up waist-high) (those are actual questions he has asked me)


Jenni said…
I have one like that. I know the pain and agony. And also, I, like you, will finally tell them ENOUGH!
Jen said…
Annie and Matt were separated at birth. I'm like Jenni will just tell her to stop talking. Parenting at its best.
I do tell Matt "ENOUGH. Stop asking questions."
Karie said…
Annika can get that way sometimes, so I tell her to go look it up and come back and tell me.

Sometimes it works.