Friday, November 19, 2010

Ben's Solution

The other day, my mom was driving around with Ben (my 6 year-old nephew) and she decided to try to have a deep conversation with him - to really figure out what makes him tick. I love it when my mom tries to have these types of conversations with the kids because they invariably result in something hilarious. And this conversation with Ben was no exception . . .

Mom: Ben, what makes you happy?
Ben: [shrugs his shoulders] I dunno.
Mom: Well, think about it. What makes you REALLY happy?
Ben: Ummmmm . . . I don't know.
Mom: Does it make you happy when -
Ben: Oh! I know what makes me happy!
Mom: Oh good! Tell me! [prepares for deep answer]
Ben: Chocolate.
Mom: Okaaaaaaaaaay. Good to know. [thinking how she can dig a little deeper] Well, what makes you SAD?
Ben: I don't know.
Mom: You don't know?
Ben: No. I don't know. [pauses to think] I know what makes YOU sad, Dearsie.
Mom: You do? What do you think?
Ben: You wanna be with Grandpa.
Mom: [well, you can't get any deeper than that . . .] Yes - that does make me sad. But that would be a little hard for me to do right now.
Ben: No it wouldn't.
Mom: [surprised] It wouldn't?
Ben: No . . . I can just shoot you.
Mom: [stunned silence]
Ben: [as if to help her connect the dots . . .] Aaaaaaaaaaaand then you can be with Grandpa.

Well, he's a problem solver - you gotta give him that!