Kids ask the strangest questions

I don’t know about your kids, but my kids ask the strangest questions and the most random times.

I have no earthly clue how parents can handle this stuff without Google and their ever present smart phones.

The other day, the boys and I were curled up in bed hiding from the cold.  They were watching some vile cartoon show and I was reading a book while being smothered at the bottom of the dog pile.

During a commercial break, Watty (my fourth grade boy) poked me to get my attention and then asked me

W:  what’s the 4th largest continent?

Me: I don’t know

(Why FOURTH largest?  Why not largest? I think I could get that one.)

W:  Duh.  It’s Australia.

Me:  Hold on while I Google.

(First, I hate it when my kids roll their eyes and say “duh” at me.  It’s sooooo fourth grade of them.  Second, if he knew the answer then why did he ask me?  Third, I was pretty sure that he was wrong.  Everyone knows that Australia is the smallest continent.)

kids ask the strangest questions

So I looked it up, and for your reference (in case your kids ever ask you pop quiz questions like this) here are the official answers.

1. Asia – 17,139,445 square miles (44,391,162 square km)

2. Africa – 11,677,239 square miles (30,244,049 square km)

3. North America – 9,361,791 square miles (24,247,039 square km)

4. South America – 6,880,706 square miles (17,821,029 square km)

5. Antarctica – 5,500,000 square miles (14,245,000 square km)

6. Europe – 3,997,929 square miles (10,354,636 square km)

7. Australia – 2,967,909 square miles (7,686,884 square km)

(See? I was right.  Australia IS the smallest.  My fourth grade teacher would be so proud.)

I thought we were done, but then he asks a seemingly unrelated question.

W:  What year did we buy Alaska from Russia?

Me: Let me Google that.

 (Yes, we have purchased the kids an almanac for Christmas.  What was your first clue?)

duh is so fourth grade

In case you don’t know it off the top of your head, the US bought Alaska on 18 October 1867 for 7.2 million dollars.   When I shared this fact with my son, he gave a smug grunt of satisfaction before he said

W:  That explains it.  We hadn’t had time to print very many dollars yet.

What?  How?  Huh?  What am I even supposed to say to that?

I thought about trying to explain the nuances of currency valuation, exchange rates, inflation, and the fact that we don’t just print money to create value.  Then the commercial break was over and he got distracted by animated violence.

I decided to leave it alone.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. This is the story of my life. And I swear to God I always have to look that stuff up on Google. My brain retains nothing. It is sad!-Ashley
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  2. As a parent of kids who grew up before Google – or at least before smart phones with Google in the palm of our hands 24/7, I will say that we wondered a lot. We speculated then we looked up the answers in a book or at the library. It took soooooooo long! Sometimes we’d have to wait a day or two to get an answer – how did we even remember the questions after that much time?!
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