So then…she says “huh” and looks a bit perplexed. We’re sitting on the couch, surrounded by big comfortable cushions.
We’ve just concluded “the talk.”
My daughter is young still, so this is not “THE TALK” with all the details and warnings and science.
This is just “the talk” with a very basic overview of how babies are made.
She’s been hounding me for weeks to tell her about S-E-X and I’ve successfully distracted her until now. So we plop on the couch and I give her a very non-threatening, easy-to-understand, BASIC overview.
“Remember there are no stupid questions. Ask whatever you want,” I say reassuringly.
Chloe thinks a minute. She’s just learned quite a bit of information. I can tell she wants to ask something but she’s shy about it.
“Come on, honey. No question is too strange. I promise I won’t laugh, no matter what.”
She concentrates a little more.
Then she asks, “Can pregnant women swim?”
OK, not technically a laugh, but still not the reaction she was expecting.
And certainly not the question I was expecting! Out of all the stuff I told her, this is what she wants to know? “Can pregnant women swim?”
Has she not been to a public pool? Has she not seen pregnant women swimming? And why wouldn’t they be able to, anyway? The baby’s not gonna float away!
I compose myself and say casually, “Yes, honey, pregnant women can swim. Pregnant women can do just about anything regular women can do.”
She asks, “Is there anything pregnant women can’t do?”
I think hard, but nothing comes to mind. She looks at me expectantly. Finally I say:
“Well, you can’t get pregnant again while you’re pregnant – so that’s something.”
She nods sagely – satisfied she now knows everything there is to know about sex.
God help us all.
— Darcy Perdu
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(Any funny stories when you tried to explain the hibbity-jibbity to your kids? Or when someone explained it to you? Any odd misconceptions you had about this topic when you were younger?)