Monday, April 28, 2008

Where do babies come from?

I'm sure there's a lot of parents out there that dread the first time hearing their child ask that question. And as a married woman, someday I expect to hear the question and dread it as well. But what I didn't expect was to hear it today.

For a clinical, we have to do a teaching project at one of the district 150 schools. My school was Whittier Primary, and I was supposed to teach about the heart to a classroom of 21 2nd grade students. It all went fine. We looked at life-sized models of the heart, and I gave them tennis balls to demonstrate how hard the heart has to work to pump blood. We also listened to our hearts with stethoscopes that I almost had to sign my life away to borrow from school. Anyway, I finished my whole thing, put everything away, and asked if anyone had any questions. I got some really good questions, like "what does heartburn have to do with the heart?" "What happens when your heart stops beating?" Nice questions like that. Then I nodded to one little boy who raised his hand and he dropped the bomb....

"Where do babies come from?"

I just stood there with my mouth open for a while, not quite sure what to say. And when I did speak, the only words that come out were "ummm." Thankfully, my teacher was in the room with me, and stepped in and gave a very nice, quick explanation that babies came from an organ in the body called a uterus. And that was the end of it.


Jenny said...

hahahaha you should have told him that santa brings them.

or that the hospital grows them in the basement.

or to ask his mom. :D

the traever said...

you should have luke explain to you the process. i mean, you should probably know if you're going to be a nurse. and you're married.

the schros said...

i wonder if that was just the burning question of his life and he thought you looked like a nice enough person to not avoid him... like all the other weird adults in his life. and you blew it. thanks for the laughs :)