After a rather hectic day yesterday, I came home to what I affectionately refer to as the second shift. The girls were in rare form, and despite the fact I was obviously on the phone, they barraged me with questions and requests. My favorite was this exchange with Olivia:

Olivia:  “Mom. Mom. MOMMY. MOM. Mom. Mooooooom.”

Me:  “What?”

Olivia:  “What is that?”

Me:  “It’s a bug, Liv. I’m on the phone.”

Olivia:  “Why is it a bug?”

Me:  “What?”

Olivia:  “WHY IS IT A BUG?  Why, Mom, why?  Why is it a bug?  Why?!”

Me:  “Wha…I don’t…it’s just a bug. Seriously, phone…”

Olivia: “But, Mama, WHY is it a BUG! WHY!

As I relayed this to Bryan later, I was hoping he’d commiserate about about the exasperating nature of the question. Instead, he responded:

“It’s a bug because it has six legs. And an exoskeleton.”

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Karyl on April 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    That is just so funny!

  2. Posted by Laura on April 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Ha! I love Bryan.

  3. Posted by Nicky on April 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    It’s not “despite being on the phone” it’s “because I was on the phone.” I swear, they get crazy as soon as they see a phone to my ear. Oh, and Bryan is such a scientist 🙂 Colin asks, “What is the sun?” And Patrick responds in song (from They Might Be Giants),

    The sun is a mass of incandescent gas
    A gigantic nuclear furnace.
    Where Hydrogen is built into Helium
    At the temperature of millions of degrees.

    The sun is hot the sun is not
    A place where we could live.
    But here on Earth there’d be no life
    Without the light it gives!

  4. Bryan is hilarious! He is such a perfect foil for you!

  5. Posted by Rebecca on April 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I love that song, Nicky!

  6. Posted by Liana on April 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Bryan is right. 😉
    It is an answer to Liv’s question. Do you think that’s what she meant?

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