Sunday, February 27, 2011

As the World Turns

Today, Ashley and I watched an episode of the Fresh Beat Band.

Then she asked me a stumper.

"Mommy, is the Fresh Beat Band in our world?"


"Mommy.  I sa-id is the Fresh Beat Band in our world?"

"Don't get annoyed at me, Ashley.  I just didn't hear you."

"Oh, sorry Mommy.  I said is the Fresh Beat Band in our world?"

"What do you mean?"

"Is the Fresh Beat Band in our world?"

"What does that even mean?"

"Are they in our world?"

"Well, they're on tv."

She sighed disappointedly.

"I wish they were on tv in our world."

"Well, wait, they are on tv in our world.  They're just not real.  They're in the tv."

"They're in the tv!?"

"Well, no, they're not in the tv, they're on tv.  We watch them on tv."

"In our world?"

"What do you mean in our world?"

"Are they on the earth, mommy!  Or are they in space!?"

"They're on earth!  They're not aliens.  But they're not real people - they're make-believe."

She looked horrified.  "They're not real people!?"

"Well, they're real.  But they're just actors."

"But are they actors in our world?"

And that's when I gave up.  God help me when this child starts science classes.



Katherine said...

Conversations like this drive me crazy. And apparently I'm really bad at them, since my kids occasionally call live action shows "alive" shows and cartoons "not alive."

Gina said...

You did just as well as I would have. My oldest is on the autism spectrum, and a question/thought like this would never occur to him, so I'm no help. I think you handled it as well as possible though. It's a tough concept to grasp :)

Agnes said...

I think you two had a GREAT conversation, I loved every bit of it :-)

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Hilarious - and now I'm concerned, as I'm just a gal inside a computer - maybe I'm not in this world!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

This could have so easily turned into a birds and bees class sounds easy in my book compared to that! :)

JallieDaddy said...

That sounds like a smart child! I know it is a source of aggravation for many parents, but I want my twins to ask me anything about anything. 1 of the things I most want for them is have open & enquiring minds, & never to lose their natural curiousity.

Maybe tho you should ask me again what I think in a year's time...

Amber said...

Oh what a smartie pants you have! I love your stories!! I left you a little bling bling on my blog you'll have to check it out when you get a minute!

sara said...

I'm not gonna lie. My head hurts a little from that conversation :D

Anonymous said...

Whaaaa...? You handled it well. I have no idea what I would have said.

My first thought was maybe she was asking if it's makebelieve, or reality TV?

Liz said...

Ha! She's going to leave her science teacher with some critical thoughts of how her mama's raised her. :)

Brandy@YDK said...

I kinda get where she is coming from. the fresh beat band is its own universe.

Sadia said...

My girls use that EXACT turn of phrase. "In our world" = non-fiction; "not in our world" = fiction. So, fairies are not in our world, but Santa is.