Little children attach their own explanation to everything they observe and often deliver it in statements as opposed to questions.
Once I said in passing, “oh, this is too expensive.”
Klara immediately responded with, “we don’t have money. We are poor. Don’t worry, mommy. We can go to the food box and get some food there.”
I spent the next 15 minutes in a garbled explanation of the vast distance between not being able to buy everything on the planet and poverty.
When the Kuwaiti gift arrived, I said, “look, this is from somebody who works at my department!”
“It’s because you are boss,” Klara concluded. “People need to give good gifts to the boss so that the boss will be nice to them. If you don’t give good gifts, the boss will not be nice.”
Another garbled explanation of how it’s not necessary to bribe the boss followed.
I have a very verbose kid who narrates many of the thoughts that occur to her. Many kids aren’t that talkative, so we never find out what they perceive about any aspect of life. It’s kind of really scary to think about what kids observe and what conclusions they draw on the basis of small things or comments that one doesn’t even notice.
I practically taught my own kid that not being able to buy something is a catastrophe and bribery is great.
Oh, and I will never forget the time when we saw a picture of a mother doing the dishes in a children’s book, and Klara gave a passionate rant about how “ladies don’t do dishes and gentlemens don’t cook, and this book is all wrong.”