My friend Dola did a blog-post about the questions her children ask. Its ditto at our place, just different topics.
Ravi has left for a 2 week trek, so bedtime is hard for Zoya. She needs her Nana at home in order to sleep. Her idea of bliss is to wake up in the middle of the night and count the sleeping people around her, 1, 2, 3, and herself, 4. Anyway, so i was wondering how to make bedtime easier. Our idea of bedtime refers to “the time we feel like going to bed.”
So the kids were lying in bed and laughing at some character’s antics on youtube on the IPad. We started talking about music and the next hour was a mix of all the following:
Music i heard as a kid
Bangles and their hit song Manic Monday
Nazia Hassan and her brother
Boom Boom, another Nazia hit
We watched Jailhouse Rock (Raghu loved Elvis’s deep voice)
Black and while videos
Where did color come from
The Wild Thornberrys (Kids are loving this show…i used to love this cartoon when i was in the US)
Different countries and the ways to get there
How long before Ravi gets back… so that means how many days (for Zoya counting is an on going concept)
We saw Michael Jackson’s first moon walk and talked about how he died.
Then we talked about how Elvis died
Dying in general
Bright lanterns (someone near our home floated 2 beautiful lighted lanterns)
We ran to the terrace and watched the lanterns till they disappeared
Discussion on Mr. Bean’s fridge fitting into a hot air balloon, ridiculous or possible?
Zoya talked about how they might reach the moon
Raghu argued they would never make it and why
Zoya asked about oxygen and whether you need it on the moon and is that what the astronaut’s helmet is for
Sadness that they can’t be on the moon (umm like right away or real soon)
Shock that humans sent up a monkey first
We watched the Thornberrys and of course we all felt we had to live that life right away
What is a comvee
Listened to Elvis song “return to sender” Which is a new Zoya fave now
And finally with Zoya still asking for YouTube videos of how to make a lantern and float it and why we have not had successful kite flying for a long time… we all fell asleep.
So yeah… Questions. They abound. Sometimes the answers are easy, sometimes we google, sometimes we just have to trust that we do not know the answer but one exists somewhere.