Moon up above, and a thing called love

There comes a time in every child’s life, I suppose, when the very basic question of our existence cannot be avoided any longer:

Where do babies come from?

When Soren asked this question a year or so ago, it was phrased like this: “How do people make people?” And I think we answered him something along the lines of “God makes people,” which satisfied him fully at the moment. And of course there has been the inevitable explaining of the 6th and 9th commandments, for which we give introductory explanations like, “boys and girls acting inappropriately with each other.”

We’ve been broaching the subject here and there of course, as the interest arose, and my method has been: Find out what they are really asking (which may not be as hairy as you think it is), answer that simply and matter of factly, and see if that satiates curiosity for the moment. Usually answers like, “When people grow up and get married, then they have babies if God decides to give them babies.”

But eventually, as it was with Miriam’s case this weekend, all this introductory, philosophical and religious explanation still left her with a question. “But… how, exactly?”

There was nothing for it but to tell her. “Well, dear, you know how girl parts are different from boy parts?”


“They… go together.”

Light of recognition, and then: “Eew!”

I gave her a moment to process, and she came back with:

“Did you ever do that?”

“I had you, right? That’s how you get babies.”

(shock, then more recognition)

“You did it SIX TIMES?”

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9 Responses to Moon up above, and a thing called love

  1. Sheila says:

    That is awesome. I love kids’ responses to this information … though I haven’t yet had to explain it myself. Lord help me when I do.

  2. This was a great way to start my morning! 😀

  3. Robin says:

    That is hilarious! Sounds like a good explanation. That’s about how my mom handled things and I was always glad.

  4. Aunt Carol says:

    At my baby shower, someone gave me a very practical book on child rearing, which warned about finding what information was wanted before answering. Apparently, the author’s daughter approached her grandma and asked, “tell me sex.” Grandma launched into a somewhat detailed explanation of how people come to be, then asked if the child wanted any other information on the subject. The girl replied, “I wanted to know how to spell it….”

  5. Rachel says:

    LOL. I have so much to look forward to in parenting.

  6. Tom says:

    Hahahahaha… nice.

  7. Katherine Lauer says:

    The day has come! Well, I’m thrilled it took eight whole years. Imagine people thrusting this info at their very young children!

  8. Sue S. says:

    When I explained this to my oldest, I must have a been a bit too vague. She came back to me with more puzzling questions and I realized that she was missing the important detail that this “special hug” was done unclothed……

  9. April says:

    Ha! Been there, done that. Always get the Ewww… 🙂 My youngest decided he would never get married if he had to do “that”. He’d just adopt a couple of kids and homeschool them while earning fabulous money from home. 🙂 He’s rethought that over the last two years and now thinks he may get married some day. You handled it wonderfully!

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