I Like The Way He Thinks

In the bathtub this evening, Sean was dunking his head under the water and proudly showing me how he could hold his breath, which I believe led to the following conversation. But with a four-year-old, you never really know.

“Mommy, I’m glad I’m not a hippo because then I’d have to eat grass.”

“Yes, that’s true, hippos are herbivores, they eat river grass and other vegetation. And what are lions?”


“That’s right, they eat meat. And humans are omnivores. We eat both meat and vegetables.”

“What about the crackers?”

“Well, um, yes, crackers. Those fit in… I think that… Crackers come into play…. Um… ”

“Crackers are universal,” I said with authority.

I don’t even know what that means.

20 thoughts on “I Like The Way He Thinks

  1. I laughed so hard when I read this! Just last week my son was asking what a fountain was. I think my exact explanation was, “It’s like a big… (while shaping the air with my hands… while driving BTW) well, there’s water in it, and then there’s batteries in it (I was in no mood to explain what a motor was!) that make the water shoot up!” I immediately started laughing at myself. What kind of a ridiculous explanation is that? I must be an idiot.

  2. This is just too funny! My four year old daughter comes out with the craziest stuff too and stumps me on many occasions. Little kids are just too precious for words! Paula 🙂

  3. Universal, huh? I think it must be related to the perennial, “‘Cause I said so.”

    I guess technically crackers are vegetable because they’re made from grain, which somewhere back in its past grew on a plant. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

  4. That’s one of the things I love most about parenthood. If you didn’t think fast on your feet before, you will now. Unfortunately for most of us, the mental Olympics come right around the time our brain is retiring to the couch.

  5. I agree that crackers are universal, and I LOVE them, but has anyone else noticed that Premium crackers are a little “off” these days? I called the company and they SWEAR they did not change the recipe, but I’m not buyin’ it. I am so sad.

  6. If you were to ask my Mom something that stumped her, she’d just make up the answer. Not, “I don’t know” or “Gee, I’ll have to look that up.” She swears this bad behavior was born the day I insisted on knowing why the sky WASN’T purple.

    So, the law of nature says I’ve really got it coming to me.

  7. Okay, here’s proof to back up your “crackers are universal” idea, because right here, at this very moment, I am eating Wheat Thins. As soon as I read that crackers bit, I looked down at the Wheat Thin box and started laughing. I guess you do know everything.

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