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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 06:37 PM
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116. I have a 5 year-old son, too
Edited on Sun Jul-23-06 06:39 PM by Emit
(my daughter will turn 7 next month) and he, too, says some pretty interesting things about death and asks a lot of questions about dying.

Once when he was very young said, "Grandma's gonna be really sorry she smoked that white stick in the garage..." (My mom's a smoker and when she visits she smokes outside or in the garage). From a small child's perspective, that's pretty prescient given that we don't have many discussions in our family with the little ones yet about how bad smoking is for you, or how it kills and all.

He's also made comments about going to war to fight Bush...that's freaky but I attribute that to my activism in politics and the fact that he was with me a lot in '04 at protests and stuff.

Anyway, I think the interest in death is pretty normal at their age. I mean, you should see all the little kids in the neighborhood when they discover a dead bird or lizard! It's when they say things like this out of the blue that gets me -- like they're picking up on vibes we adults can't sense or something. Or maybe I'm just reading more into it than need be.
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