The Mermaid Question

Seven year olds will always ask, at some stage when you are least ready for it, the mermaid question.

Granddad, Tina asks me, how do mermaids go to the toilet?

While you are grappling with this one, they ask another, THE BIG KAHUNA of questions, usually in the car while you are driving them to or from some event:

Grandad, where would I be if you and grandma never got married?

It’s the sort of question you need to pull over the side of the road for, but I kept on driving, hoping an apt answer would ‘pop’ into my head. Where’s the Muse when you need her? Surely she’d good for things other than poetry.

I don’t know what you would have done? I mean, how do you answer a question like that? There’s an obvious answer but that might depress the hell out of her, Who wants to be confronted at that age with self obliteration? And there’s the ontological answer but she wouldn’t get it.

I thought I’d go with the mermaid answer. That’d be the easier of the two …. maybe.

20 thoughts on “The Mermaid Question

    • I still don’t know the answer, Eden πŸ™‚ my granddaughter is now at the age where she could tell me but she has other things on her mind: relationships, university and she seems to happily accept the fact of her existence; maybe that’s a good thing πŸ™‚

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  1. I love this. each year in my class the 3-5 year olds end up discussing at their snack tables, the happenings and questions of life involving: marriage, babies, and death. their conversations are amazing. it’s an age when they begin to discover these goings on around them, as someone loses a dog or grandparent, someone is pregnant of has a baby, and someone has a wedding.

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  2. Thank you for the questions that have come “out of the mouths of babes”. This gives me something worthwhile to ponder as opposed to all the other crap we are currently faced with. πŸ˜‰


  3. Mermaids don’t fart, neither do princesses. I know that. Just tell them that next time. πŸ˜‰ Love these two questions together, and how you get out of answering either one, brilliant evasion, John.

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