On the way home from school today...
Joseph: Why are we stopped at the red light so long?
Mommy: I'm not sure, but it looks like there's an accident over there.
Joseph: Oh, okay. What does 'not sure' mean?
Mommy: It means, I might know, but I'm not for sure.
Joseph: Why won't the light turn green?
Mommy: Remember Joseph, I said I think there's an accident there where the lights are flashing.
Joseph: What does 'flashing' mean?
Mommy: Flashing is when a light goes on and off really quickly.
Joseph: Okay. So if a police car's lights are flashing, then we might go to jail.
Mommy: No, Joseph, not necessarily. I don't think we'll ever go to jail.
Joseph: What does 'not ness-ary' mean?
Mommy: <as I 1/2 listen to questioning at this point> Oh, Joseph, I don't know.
Joseph: You don't know what you just said?
Mommy: <as I now realize, I should be paying more attention> Sorry Joseph, 'not necessarily' means that it might not always be true or might not always happen.
Joseph: Is that like a lie?
Mommy:........<silently beating my head against the steering wheel asking myself why I can't just talk in 3 or 4 letter 'little kid' words>....this was the conversation for the 15 minute ride home from school...so thankful it wasn't a 30 minute ride!!!
I love my curious Joseph, but some words are really hard to explain!!! Joseph's poor Kindergarten teacher next year!!!! :-)
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