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Things that defy explanation

Things that defy explanation

May 24, 2006

Alternate title, Things I’ll be muttering about when they lock me up in the asylum.
I don’t know why I bother asking questions.
Do I like to hear myself talk? I don’t think so, at least not at the decibel and frequency that these sorts of questions require.
Yet, I can’t help it. I long for answers, where there are none to be given.

Here are the top five ridiculous questions (that I can remember) that I have asked my children this week and their answers. Identity of children is not being disclosed to protect their innocence, future ability to find dates identity

Scene I:

Me: “Why did you think it was okay to poke your brother in the back with your fork because he was breathing near you?”
Child: “Because.”
Me: “You are breathing near me and I’m not stabbing you with my fork.”
Child: “Well, I bet you want to.”
Me: “But the point is that I’m not”

Scene II:

Me: “Why is this shirt on the bathroom floor? What’s that on it? Oh no…. no…. is that poop? Is that poop all over the tshirt? Why would someone do that? WHY?”
Child: “Maybe there was no toilet paper.”
Me:”I think I have animals for children.”

Scene III:

Me: “What do you mean you didn’t want the hamburger anymore? Did it not occur to you that the garbage can would be a more appropriate place for it than under the couch cushion?”
Child: “Well, I might change my mind and still want it.”
Me: “Oh puh-lease, were you really thinking you would eat it later?”

Scene IV:

Me: “Why did you just trip him?”
Child: “I didn’t think that would happen!”
Me: “Well, how about you clear this up for me. Just what did you think would happen when you stuck your foot out as you brother ran by?”

Scene V:

Me: “Why would you think it would be okay to dry your wet body by rolling all over my bed? Wouldn’t it have been easier to walk to the linen closet and get a towel?”
Child: “What’s a linen closet?”

Bonus Scene inside my head:

Me: Why did you wax your own eyebrows?
Myself: It seemed like a good idea.
Me: But you have trouble handling the tweezers.
Myself: Yes, I remember that now.

Yet Another Bonus scene that occurred as I was typing this:

Rob: Why did you take a stick and beat all the plants and flowers that were just planted in front of the house?
Child: I don’t know why.
Rob: What were you thinking?
Child: I don’t know.
Rob: Were you angry? Is that why? You obviously did it on purpose. What were you thinking?
Child: No. I just thought of doing it and did.

Finally, one that isn’t related to my children.
Why am I the number two result in this google search: how to bring shape in big hanging boobs in India. Why, I am shouting at you internet.

Posted by Chris @ 6:59 am  

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  1. Jennifer says:


  2. Karen Rani says:


  3. Denise says:

    You are just joking. You didn’t really have these conversations. You really have video cameras hidden in my house and witnessed ME having THESE conversations.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I googled that it there is a huge article about *lamps.* How informative. Thanks!

  5. Jeana says:

    That is so funny. Reminds me of this conversation with one of my kids:

    Me: You were standing in the middle of the yard. Why wouldn’t you move so they could play kickball?

    Child: I was doing something!!

    Me: What were you doing?

    Child: standing there…

  6. Ashley says:

    You’ve made my day. It’s good to know that children are the same the world over…or at least at my house.

  7. Jeff says:

    The way google works is by examining how many / which pages link to your site regarding a specific topic (look at ‘pagerank explained’ at http://www.google.com/technology/). Having your site come up as a top choice is really a complement. It means that out of 317,000 pages, you are the second most linked to by other quality sites regarding this topic.

    There has been talk lately about how the relevence of google searches has declined in the last year. This is probably a good example.

  8. Cheerio's on my butt? says:

    Oh my goodness! That is too funny! Well, I can definitely relate to those scenes! I all hear back is “I don’t know!”. Guess your kids have more direction, no? Oh and I’d like to hear how we can cure those saggy boobs! What do you know that I don’t?

  9. Meg says:

    You mean you DON’T have big Indian boobs? I’m shocked, Chris, shocked.

  10. TBG says:

    The fork question and answers were the best! I love it when he said “Well, I bet you want to.”

    Ha so true!

  11. Darren says:

    Well, but come on, Chris. Who hasn’t stuck their hamburger under a couch cusion just in case they might want it later? I mean, we’ve all been there.

  12. kalisah says:

    If you don’t write a book, you are missing a golden opportunity. You could be our next Erma Bombeck.

  13. stacey says:

    omg! You have no idea how many of those, or much like those I have had with my kids over the years! Thank goodness they are almost grown and will one day have kids of their own to ask them! LOL Hang in there!

  14. nenners27 says:

    “how to bring shape in big hanging boobs in India”….

    you were the FIRST link when i googled it just now! ;)

    thanks for another laugh to start my day :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    I read this to my husband, who ran over and insisted I google it while he watched. You were #2 for me.

    What I want to know is, HOW, for the love of God, did you figure THAT out??!?!


  16. lucylocket says:

    I suppose in the mind of a child Mom can ask the silliest questions.

    While discussing my grandson’s refusal to take swimming lessons, my DIL asked, “What are you so afraid of?

    He replied in that “duh” tone of voice, “Drowning!”

    3-year old granddaughter in the car at night - “Mommy, turn on the light.”

    DIL - “Why do you need the light?”

    Granddaughter - “To see better.”

    I stopped cleaning my boys’ room when I found a veal cutlet in the toy box.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Don’t these kind of interchanges make life fun? One of my favorites from my house is:

    Me:”Why is there a fire truck in the toilet?”

    Now, why did I even ask? Is there, in the whole world, a logical explanation for this.

    Thanks for writing, Chris. I love your blog!

  18. InterstellarLass says:

    Oh.My.God. If I don’t stop laughing I’m going to get fired! Just too much! You have got to get your own TV show!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Not only do I love your blog, but I love the people who comment on it, too. Hilarious!

    I agree that you should be writing a book. You are as funny as Erma Bombeck–without a doubt. And the thing is, that’s a unique talent; not only do you talk about the humor and horror in having children, but your warmth and compassion still manages to shine through. Not many people can find that kind of perfect balance in humorous writing. (They tend to sound calloused and cold-hearted instead.)

    You are amazing! Thank you for brightening so many of my days.


  20. Anonymous says:

    Chris, I’m a newbie to you blog and have one question for you…

    Have you always been this sarcastic twisted funny or have your children finally driven you over the edge? I enjoy your sense of humor, keep ‘em coming!

    I second the “You could be the next Erma Bombeck” idea! Think about it! Book deals, a nanny for the children!

  21. Lilly says:

    So as an experiment I googled ‘yellow boobs’ and I got your site not far down the list! ….The google sites surrounding yours were kind of scary…!

  22. adena says:

    I have one to add for you:

    Me: WHY did you spray your little brother with Lysol??

    Child: He smelled.

  23. Antique Mommy says:

    Lordy that’s funny. And scary.

  24. nabbalicious says:

    That is hilarious!

  25. Kristen says:


    Sadly, I can actually imagine all of those conversations taking place. Sigh.

  26. Kristen says:

    I meant taking place AT MY HOUSE TOO. Sorry…

  27. halloweenlover says:

    It could be worse, chris. He could have FLUSHED the t-shirt after using it in place of toilet paper.

    Did he really roll on your bed wet and naked? I’m DYING.

    I remember answering “I don’t know” to my dad when I did something and watching smoke come out of his ears. The truth is, I didn’t know why I did the things I did.

  28. Diana says:

    “well, I bet you want to.”
    “but the point is I’m not.”

    That nearly killed me. Seriously, it was the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time.

  29. novaks8 says:

    I need to research that creative commons thing because those are the conversations I have with MY kids every day!

    Especially the poop one. Oh yeah and the hamburger one.

  30. Cheerio's on my butt? says:

    I’m back! Had to come read the comments on this one! You should definitely write a book, I agree.

    Oh by the way…I have a new kind of Meme….wanna play?

  31. D says:

    1. WOW you’re number 2 in google for “how to bring shape in big hanging boobs in India”.

    2. What the hell made you google that??

    No,I mean, really. What were you looking for???

  32. Chris says:

    I found out that I was second in that google search because my sitemeter told me so, not because I was googling it for my own information.

  33. MommyLady says:

    O Gods, I can’t wait for these conversations with my kids. I’ve been hearing stories from my mom about all the things I did as a child recently…I’m in for it.

    Anyhow, love your blog, I read it all the time, and often out loud to my hubby, who cracks up over it just as much as I do….he even goes “Awww…” in all the appropriate places!

  34. joy madison says:

    all hilarious!! I’ve been there with a few of them! or at least close! the indian boob thing is CRACKING me up!!!!

  35. Eli's Mom says:

    Scene I is the best…I bet after witnessing the exchange you DID want to stab said child with your fork!

  36. Karmyn R says:

    I think your blog has got to be one of the best ones out there!!! I’m down there in the trenches with you! Hilarious!!!

  37. speckledpup says:

    oh, clothing used as toilet paper…I thought that was just the animals at my house.

    I so heart you today.

  38. Alissa says:

    ah yes, the hamburger under the cushion saved for later routine. I know that one all too well! Priceless.

  39. Erin says:

    At the school I was student teaching at somebody pooped outside our classroom door (the exterior one not one inside the building THANK GOODNESS!). We know it was a human because they left a white athletic sock behind that they most likely used to wipe. We’ve been laughing about it for days.

  40. Amah says:

    I;m so glad these things still go on. It makes me glad to know that some things just never change. I remember when my now-34 yr son and his now 28 yr daughter had a screaming knock down because he was “breathing her air” at the dinner table as they sat across from each other. I love it!!!!

  41. Amah says:

    I meant his now 28 yr old sister~~ Old timers’ ya’ know!!

  42. My float says:

    How very funny. I love reading these types of conversations - they are priceless. Make notes for your kids and read them out at their 21st birthday parties!

  43. Cmommy says:

    Thank God the child did not use his HAND as toilet paper and then use the WALL as a towel!

    Luv your writing–some smart agent better be reading the mommyblogs!

  44. biz says:

    Ya know — it’s hard to read you after having had two kids and having not been faithful in doing my kegels ;-P

  45. Angela says:

    So I was googling how to bring shape to my big hanging boobs and came across your site. I love it. I read, before I had children, that you aren’t supposed to ask children why. I wish with everything in me, that I had finished the dadgum article because I can’t remember why. I know it just gets me frustrated with my kids. But I think that YOU should ALWAYS ask your children why—it’s downright hilarious, and kids who can answer the way they do, NEED to be asked why. The wisdom of “Well I bet you want to” and the just plain common sense of “Maybe there was no toilet paper” really just needs to be out there.

  46. Anonymous says:

    lol. you are hilarious. i love reading your blog.

  47. meredith says:

    I read this just after my oldest daughter wiped the excess lotion off her hands, on our newly painted walls, as she was walking out the door. I asked why and she just shrugged…

  48. Maddy says:

    Ohhh thank the heavens I had just been to the bathroom, that had me laughing out loud.

    (I googled to see …. that is just amazing)

  49. Susan says:

    LAUGH. OUT. LOUD. FUNNY. Your blog is so great.
    Here’s a conversation from our house several years ago:
    ME: You are in trouble; do not talk; if you talk, I will be forced to spank you
    CHILD: Now is that a hard spankin’ or a soft spankin’?
    ME: ARRRR! (Run screaming from the house, tearing out my hair).

  50. Jennifer says:

    Confession: I once tied a jumprope to a chair leg and then hid under the counter holding the other side. When my brother ran by, I pulled the rope taught and tripped him, and he hit his head on the corner of the open dishwasher and had to go to the hospital for stiches. My mom was all “why would you do that to him??” The honest truth is, I just wanted to see if it would really work, like it did in the Smurfs.

  51. twoboysmom says:

    Chris, I LOVE your site. I read it every day. This one had me rolling! Amah said her son was “breathing his sister’s air”. My 11 year old told me one time to quit breathing so deep because I was using up all his air. Puh-lease!

  52. Anonymous says:

    I swear, you should write a book! Have you read Please Don’t Eat the Daisies?

  53. ayannamama says:

    I swear, you should write a book! Have you read Please Don’t Eat the Daisies?

  54. Melissa says:

    It is so good to hear I’m not the only one having these conversations. You are great!

  55. Blythe says:

    Oh my gosh.. I can completely relate. I have 5 kids myself.. boys nonetheless.. and sometimes I really do wonder what makes them do the things they do and the universal answer seems to be “I don’t know”.. lol. Kudos to you lady!

  56. rachel says:

    i’ve missed your stories since i’ve been AWOL - thanks so much for making me laugh and knowing i’m not alone!

  57. momof3busyboys says:

    I am laughing so much I have tears in my eyes! I am NOT laughing at you I am definately laughing with you! I can totally relate! It is nice to know that there are other moms out there dealing with the same types of issues!