In the produce aisle at the grocery store... Evie: Does eating spinach really give you superpowers? Me: Yes, but you have to eat a lot of it for a long long time. Evie: Will Daddy share his superpowers with me? Me: No Sweetie, everyone has to eat their own spinach.
A few days ago, while we were driving around town, Evie started talking about the sun. It occurred to me that it would be a great time to expand her knowledge a bit with a fact that I thought would be interesting to her. Me: Evie, the sun is a star. Intense silence radiated from the backseat. Me: Did you know that Evie? The sun is a star. Evie: The sun is out in the day time not night time. Me: That's true! But the sun is our very special star. Stars are made of fire. The fire keeps our planet warm and makes it light in the day time. Evie: We don't touch fire. Me: Right! But the sun is very far away, so far away that you could never touch it. Evie: The sun is NOT made of fire. Things went down hill from there and I had to drop the subject before she got a more worked up. I thought (and perhaps hoped) that we were done and could let the subject lie until she was oh say 14 and ready to discuss it again. No such luck.