Catching Your Own Germs

“Daddy, what would happen if you caught your own germs?” My Four Year Old asked.

“Hmmm,” I replied, “What do you think would happen?”

“I think you would get sick.” she said matter of factly.

“But, how would someone catch their own germs?” I asked.

“Maybe by touching themselves?” she responded.

“Okay,” I said, playing along, “So no more touching your feet, or your head or…”

“NAH!” she yelled, “That’s silly!  Maybe you catch your own germs by touching something else.” she said.

“How would that work?” I asked.

“Well,” she said, “if someone touches something, like a doorknob, and then you touch it you get their germs.  Maybe if you touch something and then touch it again you get your own germs.”

“Ah, I see.” I said, “so from now on we can never touch anything more than once.”

“NAH!” she said, laughing.  “That’s silly Daddy!”

“But then, how will we keep from getting our own germs?” I asked.

“I guess we’ll just have to risk it.” she answered.

Other Kind Of Hair

My Four Year Old: “Dad, I have a hair on my bottom.”

Me: “Okay, just brush it off.”

Her: “Did you think I meant the other kind of hair?”

Me: “What?”

Her: “Hare means rabbit.  Did you think I meant that kind of hare?”

Me: “No.”

Her: “Why not?”

Me: “Because that wouldn’t make sense.”

Her: “Oh yeah.”

Got Their Money’s Worth

My Four Year Old: “There’s a really funny commercial on the TV at Mom’s house.”

Me: “What is it a commercial for?”

My Four Year Old: “It’s to make you want to buy something.”

Me: “Right, but what did it make you want to buy?”

My Four Year Old: “I don’t remember.”

Me: “The marketers really got their money’s worth with you!”

My Four Year Old: “They did though!  Because I want to but it!.”

Me: “But how can you buy it if you don’t remember what it was?”

My Four Year Old: “I remember it was purple.  So I’ll just look for the purple box.”

That’s Dedication

My Four Year Old: “Look Dad, that guy is jogging in the rain.”
Me: “That’s dedication.”
My Four Year Old: “How is that dedication? ”
Me: “Do you know what dedication means?”
My Four Year Old: “No, what does dedication mean?”
Me: “It means you do something no matter what. I bet he jogs every day.”
My Four Year Old: “Would he jog even if he had an almost sunburn?”
Me: “I bet he would.”
My Four Year Old: “What if he had an actual sunburn.”
Me: “I bet he still would.”
My Four Year Old: “Wow! That’s dedication!”