I don't know what to think, but I wanted to share this. I talk a bit about my 4 year old son on here, and how he's interested in nature and the natural world. In other words I have high hopes for him being a scientist or a naturalist one day (though he's adamant that he wants to be a "critter man" - someone who deals and disposes with animals - not my hopes and dreams but what the hell, I'm supportive. He actually seems to know a lot about the job - when to catch and release and when to put down if the animals is of danger to people). We've been talking about how he was born - how I had him inside of me for about 9 months and then I gave birth to him. Yesterday he asks me how I was born. I told him his Gram, my mom, gave birth to me. He asks how she was born. I told him that my grandmother, her mom, gave birth to him. He then gets frustrated and says, "No - how did the first mom get born?" Basically he's asking how the first human came to be. I was totally unprepared for this. I always told myself that I would tell him and any of my children the truth as I saw it, but I didn't know how to explain the origin of our species on the spot in language that a 4 year old, however bright, can understand. I'm going to spend some time looking up some things online so that I know how to approach this. I'm just shocked, and a little proud, that he would think this logically. Just thought I would share.
As a side note, his dad is Christian. I shared this story with him, but we didn't discuss what should be said. I'm going for what is known scientifically now. His dad didn't give his opinion as in we should talk about Adam and Eve, so I assume I have the clear to explain rational facts as we know it. This part is a personal admission.
Langston & Alice