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[I found this floating around on my hard drive, dated 11 Feb 01, and remembered I'd meant to put it in the diary for safekeeping.]
Felony: All right, Mom, here is a tough question. How do mermaids have babies?
Me: No such thing as mermaids.
Felony: There's not?
Felony: But how do they have babies?
Me: Anyway you want. You can just imagine a way. They probably lay eggs, like fish.
Felony: I think the babies just pop out of their bellies.
Me: I think they lay eggs, like fish, because they have a fish body.
Felony: But they don't have a hole, for the eggs to come out.
Me: They might have a hole. Fish have a hole, to lay eggs.
Felony: But I never saw a hole on a mermaid.
Me: Maybe it's really small. But fish do have a hole, even though it's hard to see.
Felony: Well ... what if you had a kaleidoscope?
Me: You mean a microscope?
Me: That would work.