Thursday, August 13, 2009

Two Hearts

She always argued about having two hearts. Hubby and I tried explaining to her that she has one, but she would not listen.

'I have two hearts,' she would always say.

And I finally asked Hubby to back off, thinking that maybe somehow she means she has a bigger heart, maybe that would mean she would grow up to be a very kind person, kinder than usual. After all, she has two hearts instead of just one that Mother Teresa had. I am a mother, and I tend to think good things about my kids. I'm a mother, I don't have to explain my reasoning. So stop snickering at me, please.

Today, she kept pulling down her shirt and laughing. It made me a little uncomfortable since I don't want my daughter growing up to be a flasher, you know. So, I asked her to stop. She giggled and kept going at it. I asked her why she was doing that. She said she wanted to look at them, pointing to her *gulp* nipples.

Now I am not even sure if they are called that on girls her age. And before writing this post, I tried doing a search for the right word as I didn't want to sound anatomically incorrect. But as I sat there with the vacant Google bar staring at me, waiting for me to put in a word, a phrase, a question, I did not know what to ask for without generating pictures or sites of X-rated nature. After a few failed attempts, (that DID generate the stuff I was afraid of, even though I was being cautious) I gave up, and hoped I was using the right term in terms of anatomy.

Anyway, so I asked her why she liked looking at them, and after the obvious first answer, 'because' she shared with me that they are funny. I asked her if she finds her nose funny, and she replied 'No!' in an offended tone.

'Then why do you find these funny? These are also a part of your body', I said.

'But what are they called?'

'Umm. . . that's your chest.'

'Yes, but this is my heart,' she pointed to one of them.

'No, baby. Your heart is inside your body.Remember we read that in the book?'

'No, its outside. See? One, two.'

This heart, Mother Teresa also had two of.



  1. Welcome back, YMK!

    And what a great post. My 4 year old is fascinated with nipples right now also. It has made for some very loud and uncomfortable public conversations...

  2. Well you can't argue with that logic now can

  3. Welcome back!! I looked at the snapshot thingy and thought I saw the old post but you're really here :)

    They do kinda sorta look like hearts, don't they?! I can see where she's be confused. Good luck convincing her you're right, though!

  4. Aw. I won't even begin to tell you the conversation I had with my 9 year old today....
    Doctor Who has two hearts.....

  5. This is funny. :) You know, my boys have thought they are called 'nickles' since they were little. So once Burger King was running commercials with the slogan, "Keep your nickles in your couch!", and my boys thought it was the funniest thing ever!

    I just don't have the heart to tell them the correct term. :)


  6. Oh geez! How cute and funny is that? Out of the mouths of babes, right! If you tell her this in 10 years, she'll die!

    So glad you are back!

  7. You have no idea how much better I feel reading this. My son loves his anatomy, and no one has a daughter who does. Until now. *pats you on the back* This too shall pass.