Yesterday Moomin made some innocuous remarks that led to a great discussion. It reminded me how what sounds childish can be profound & thoughtful. Kids are often having insights that they find it difficult to express.
Me: (driving, thinking about feminist literary recanonization) Mmmm-hmmm. Yup.
Moomin: And my nose is above my mouth. Right? Right? Right?
Me: Mmm-hmmm. It sure is. *I'm thinking, Thank you, Captain Obvious.*
Moomin: And my MOUTH is above my CHIN. Isn't that FUNNY?
Me: Hmmm. Sure is! (?????)
Moomin: And my chin is above my neck and my neck is above my body and my body is above my feet. Right? Mom, my body is above my feet.
Me: Yes, absolutely. Your body is above your feet. Yup. YAAAAAAWWWN. Didn't we cover this concept 4 years ago while watching Elmo videos? Above and below. Prepositions 101. Please, god, give me patience and let it not show that I am bored senseless.
Moomin: So everything is above and below something else. Because my feet are above the EARTH. And my head is also above the Earth. And the sky is above my head. And SPACE is above the Earth. Mom, is space above the solar sister? Or is the solar sister above space? Mom, how did the solar sister begin?
Me: Oh. Oh. Hmm. I get it. Um. Maybe the universe is above space. But then what's above the universe? Er, ahahaha. The solar system probably began as a sort of cloud of interstellar dust. And blah blah blah. Dust. Coalescing. Er, elements. Particles. Gravity.
Moomin: *considers this a while* Mom, if gravity made the Solar System begin, what made gravity begin? How could there be no gravity, and then, gravity?
Me: *I start to cry a little out of happiness and complex feelings of inadequacy*
I will spare you my lame explanation of the Big Bang and how I ended up saying "Go ask your dad, the physicist" to many further questions. And of, like, creation myths and stuff.
So, this reminder to myself and to y'all to listen and wait, because you can't always see the questions and thoughts behind the words -- of anyone -- not just kids -- it's not like 5 year olds normally bust out with, "Mom, I was pondering some questions of deep philosophical and scientific importance. Could we discuss how everything exists in relation to everything else, and also, infinity and the end of time?"