This time, it was seven-year-old Julianna instead of her younger sister. On the drive to the grocery store:
J: Daddy, before I was born, I grew in Mommy’s belly, right?
Me: Yes, Sweety.
J: But, before I began to grow, I was already in there, right?
Me: Um…. Yes, in a sense.
J: Well, what made me begin to grow? Was it food? Did Mommy eat something?…
Me: Well, not exactly. You see…
J: Well, but… How do babies begin to grow in their mommy’s belly.
Me: That’s a great and complicated question. But… Ooo, look. We are at the supermarket. Who wants to get in the Race Car Shopping Cart?!
I’m not trying to avoid the discussion. It’s just not a discussion I want to have in the parking lot of a Ralphs.
(By the way, I didn’t need to pick up any chicken at the market… There was already a huge one driving the car. Bwaaak!)