Thursday, September 08, 2005


Harry and his dad approach my front porch. Sitting on the couch by the open window, I hear dad's voice, calm and weary: "...well, I have things on my mind, things that I need to think about, and you're always saying 'Why, why, why'." Can we empathize? Yes, we can!


Blogger Anon said...

Why can we empathize

Why, Why, Why!

I love the way kids ask why, the more information you give them the more questions they have as their cognitive abilities evolve.

9/08/2005 09:22:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Mrs Aginoth said...

I was told that Mstr A would "soon grow out of asking why all the time" That was three years ago, no sign of it stopping yet!

9/08/2005 09:54:00 a.m.  
Anonymous MIM said...

Haven't reached that stage just yet. Not sure if I should look forward to it or dread it. I'll let you know what happens.

9/08/2005 10:13:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Not surprisingly, I've blogged about this one before.

So, Si, I love the why's, too, when they're in that first, genuinely seeking information, category. I think the Aginoths have a genuinely curious child, the child that should delight a teacher's heart. (We hope.)

And mim, once you've established that genuine requests are always acceptable, but that the "why-as-stall tactic", etc,. are not, you, too, will love the phase!

Young Harry, however, excells at the pointless/reflexive why. Here's a sample:

Harry approaches a visitor.
"What's your name?"
"My name is Dave."
"Why your name is Dave?"

Right, then.

9/08/2005 11:04:00 a.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

Harry sounds like my Christian. Which is why he can still nap in the afternoon even after being stuck in the house because that brain never stops! Now if I could just manage a nap too--life would be good!

9/08/2005 10:23:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Lory: And these days, Harry doesn't always nap!! He does lay down for a "quiet time", which, with Harry isn't perhaps quite as quiet as someone else's might be, but it's a break for me.

9/09/2005 07:52:00 a.m.  

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