Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Double the Fun

I'm sitting next to four-year-old G the other day just hanging out when she becomes deeply interested in my chin. When we are sitting next to each other that is about where the top of her head meets me--at my chin--so it makes sense that she would want to inspect it, as it is likely the first thing she sees when she turns to look at me. 

She touched my round chin and then touched her own pointy chin and then touched my chin again. Then she said:

"Why do your chin have two parts?"

"Excuse me?"

"Why do your chin have two things?" she said while touching my chin and then my extra-love chin that burgeons out beneath my real chin. 

Why, indeed. 

I could give her some spiel about calories in and calories out, or some sob story about my genetic weakness and the cruel psychological horror inflected on me by this torment, or I could even plead ignorance with a shrug and an "I don't know." None of these would interest someone in her age group, so I gave her the only sincere and truthful answer I could come up with on the fly. 

"Because sometimes God likes to make some of us with extra parts. That just means that I have more parts to squeeze you with. And someday, if you work really, really hard and eat lots of chocolate, maybe you can have extra parts too!"

Yes, indeed. Chocolate just gives me a greater ability to love. 

And I'm sticking to that story.


Christine said...

And I LOVE your story! I'm using it from now on. Thanks!

Lori Sume said...

Okay that is the cutest!!!!!!!!! And Eden, you are beautiful!

L & H & Q & E said...

Can't tell you how much I love this.

Janet said...

Oh, gotta love those little ones. My niece remarked, after watching my mother put on a pair of pantyhose, "My mom has those (referring to the pantyhose) just like you, only hers don't have that fat part in front." We're still laughing over that comment--27 years later.....

The flying monkey clan said...

I love that!! Eden you are wonderful. I keep getting more and more parts, how does that happen.

HD said...

Ah Eden, how I relate to this only too well! With Amy being pregnant, her belly is obviously rounder than normal, and once Grace told me how her Mommy had a baby in her tummy and then asked if I did too! The sweet joys of nieces and nephews...


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