Michael asked a question at dinner which led us to having a discussion about fire safety. As a parent, there is a fine line you must walk when you are discussing issues of safety -- impressing upon your children the seriousness of a given situation (and how they should respond to it) without scaring the dickens out of them.
"Mommy, is our house going to burn down?" Leah asked, horrified.
"No, it's not going to burn down. Well, it could... But it won't... It's extremely unlikely... But if it does, Mommy or Daddy will help you get out."
Smooth, Mom. Very smooth.
"Can I take my babies and my Sparkle Mouse? What about my Hello Kitty purse? Is my blankie going to burn? If Sparkle Mouse burns will you buy me a new one? Do you remember where you bought my Hello Kitty purse so you can buy a new one?"
"Leah, our house is not going to burn down. Well, I mean, it could. But it's not going to. But if it does (gives a list of instructions)."
"Will we build a new house if our house burns down? Will it look like this one? Can I have a new Sparkle Mouse? Mommy, if our house burns down will I die? I don't want to die."
Meanwhile, over in boyville, Michael laid out his more, um, natural concerns:
"Mom, if our house catches on fire while I'm in the shower, can I run outside naked?"
"No, Michael, you can't. Just grab a towel off the hook when you jump out of the shower."
"But what if I have to go to the bathroom? Can I poop on the lawn?"
Really??!! Your house is burning down and you want to know if you can poop on the lawn?
"Michael, if there is a fire, can you at least pretend to have some class?"
Because if you poop on my lawn I'm going to kill you.