Thursday, May 03, 2007
The Girl is responding to absolutely anything with “because why?”
It's cute, for a while, and sweet, in its way, but eventually it's just annoying.
“It's time for bed.”
“Because you need your sleep.”
“So you won't be tired tomorrow.”
And so on. (To get the full effect, draw out the vowel sound in 'why' for several seconds.)
Eventually I fall back on “because that's how God set it up.” Chad asked for reasons for belief in God, other than “because God said so.” I have one. Because it enables you to stop the endless series of “because why”s. Nothing like an uncaused causer to stop a conversation.
This phase stops, right?
I spoke with a grad student last week who said her specialty is “creative nonfiction.”
What the hell is that? Lying?----------
How to Annoy Faculty:
“How's the grading going? I don't miss that at all!”
Some people just have no sense of humor.
The coffeemaker died today. That's my version of a raven flying in an open window. No good can come of this.
This would be distinct from "non-fiction" in that "non-fiction" includes everything from the "for Dummies" series to books on C++ to technical manuals to books of literary criticism to books about the history of cheese.
I was (or so I'm told) very big on the why-ing as a child. I think one learns to control it, but she may be doomed to go get a PhD in English or philosophy or something else really useful like that :)
As for the whiny phase, it does end. But when you have multiple children, you get to feel like it goes on forever. As soon as one is out of it, another is just starting up. My three year old is at the "Beacause why?" phase, too, and it's driving me crazy, LOL.
'Creative nonfiction' reminds me of the 'Biology Fiction' course my college taught. Falsifying data?
The downside is, she now imitates me, right down to stressing about research projects and placing her pencil in her ponytail and promptly forgetting where she put it. I may have to rethink my strategy if she starts mumbling under her breath about poetic forms...
The other day, she asked me "Why is it windy?" Pressure gradients and other such weather phenomena strike me as beyond the intellectual capacity of a not-quite-three-year-old, so I stood there struck dumb, until she noticed something else that piqued her curiosity, and she asked me a different, more answerable question.
I'm always amused when my partner, who is also a literature professor says, "hey, that blog post you wrote? actually it wasn't So-and-So who said [X], but Thus-and-Such." And it happened right before [Event Y], not after." To which I invariably reply, "Uh, yeah. . . I know!"
In other words, the story is True in a Larger Sense, although parts of "the facts" might be condensed or conflated or telescoped or shuffled around a bit to improve the story's clarity or highlight what seems its important part.
Sort of dictatorial, but it works for our 3 man-children. They are 11, 7 and 4--the parents have to be in charge of the asylum sometimes! It is rare, but it happens around here