Recently, Abigail’s preschool class has been studying a unit on dinosaurs. While we are impressed with how much she has learned about these animals, the concept of “extinct” seems to have eluded her, at least so far. How do I know this? Just listen in on the conversation we had today at our lunch table. My, my.
A: Mommy, sometime can I buy a Triceratops in dinosaur land?
A: I would like to buy a Triceratops, because I’ve never done that before.
M: And what exactly do you suppose you would do with a Triceratops?
A: Well, I could take him on a little walk, and teach him how to play. That would be fun.
M: MmmHmmm. And where would this dinosaur live?
A: Oh, he can live in our backyard. That’d be good.
Jonathan (Jumping into this interesting conversation): Could I buy one sometimes too, Mommy? That will be fun.
A: Actually, I think the Triceratops would be lonely so we should get a Mommy and a baby. Then they will be happy together.
(By this point, Mommy is speechless, but is thinking quietly to herself that the pony Mark Dishman keeps promising to send us to keep in our backyard sounds really good!!)